One year after a series of self-inflicted wounds, Biden's image has been transformed from bumbler to big blanking deal. His rehabilitation follows a concerted media strategy that has positioned him as the administration's top on-air spokesman, buttressed by a broader White House role and a stronger relationship with President Obama.
"There is a plain-spokenness and candor and bluntness to the way Biden presents himself that really cuts through the din out there," Axelrod says. "Sometimes that can create a little hiccup here or there. But the upside so outweighs the downside that I don't give it a second thought."
At a time when Obama is being panned -- even by some of his allies -- for failing to show sufficient emotion over the gulf oil spill, no one has ever accused Biden of restraining his feelings.
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