Joe Biden went on The View today, becoming the highest ranking sitting public official to ever appear on the show. Of course, one of the first things the ladies asked him about was the time when, on national television, as Elisabeth Hasselbeck put it: “Health care gets signed, and you drop the F-bomb.” “I was just thankful my mother couldn’t hear it,” Biden said. “It was a little embarrassing.” Biden said he realized that there was a microphone present but that he had “no idea it was that sensitive.” After the event, Obama was informed by his secretary that the mike picked up Biden’s four-letter word. “We got into the limo to go over to another event, and he was laughing like the devil,” Biden said. “I said, what’s so funny, I don’t see anything funny about this.” Later during the appearance, the ladies asked him about Sarah Palin and whether the administration thought she was a threat to Obama in 2012. Biden hemmed and hawed, but then conceded: “If you meet her, she is a charming person. It’s hard not to like her.” He even added: “I say this and people look at me like I’m kidding, but I like her.”
Post-manual-recount Florida Senate **official** election results: Rick Scott (R) defeats Bill Nelson (D) by 10,033 votes.
The manual recount actually shifted the margin by 2,570 votes, which is more than twice as many as the previous record recount shift this century. The fact that Florida is a huge state helps, but that’s certainly notable.
25,543 fewer votes were cast in the Florida Senate race than governor’s race in Broward County. It’s possible—though by no means certain—that bad ballot design cost Bill Nelson his seat.