Biden's defense of his position(s) on the war in Iraq was a particular lowlight:
MR. RUSSERT: But, senator, there has been an evolution in your thinking because this is what you said in—to the Brookings Institution in '05. "We can" tell it—"We can call it quits and withdraw [from Iraq]. I think that would be a gigantic mistake. Or we can set a deadline for pulling out, which I fear will only encourage our enemies to wait us out—equally a mistake." You're now setting a deadline.
SEN. BIDEN: No, we're not setting a deadline. Read what it says. It says the target date, left up to the generals to determine whether or not it is appropriate to withdraw all forces.
MR. RUSSERT: Well, a target date is setting a deadline.
SEN. BIDEN: No, no, but it leaves forces behind.
Even Tim Russert, who usually interrupts ruthlessly, frequently allowed Biden to prattle on and dig himself in even deeper.