Buckley's advice to Biden: "Just be Katie Couric. Don't try to be Lloyd Bentsen." (For you "SNL" fans, Bentsen was the 1988 Democratic vice presidential nominee who famously quipped to Quayle, "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy; Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy.")
Perhaps Buckley should have warned Biden not to be Quayle. Besides the FDR-TV gaffe, Biden recently announced his ticket would not support clean-coal projects -- from coal country. Wrong, according to Team Obama. Biden also admitted that Hillary Clinton "might have been a better (veep) pick."
You think? Buckley's character runs for president three times, each time raising more money but winning fewer votes in Iowa. In January, the real Biden placed fifth in the Iowa caucus. Apparently, Iowa voters were not wowed by Biden on the stump.
Buckley wrote of Mitchell's "tendency to laugh unpleasantly. It came out as a high-pitched staccato burst, a sort of cackle. One observer likened it to the sound geese make when being force-fed. He had done it once or twice during the presidential debates, causing some in the audience to wonder if they really wanted to hear four years of it in the White House."
Will truth be stranger than fiction?