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September 13th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Roundtable: Will Biden's Paleolithic politics hurt him in negotiations with GOP?

Call it politics of the paleolithic. Just 17 days out from a potential government shutdown, one might optimistically hope for some bipartisan spirit to flare in Washington, D.C.

But that wasn't the case Thursday night at the Naval Observatory, where Vice President Joe Biden threw harsh words at some members of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives who didn't support his signature legislative achievement, the recently renewed Violence Against Women Act.

"Surprisingly last year we ran into this neanderthal crowd, I'm serious, did you ever think we'd be fighting 17 years later to reauthorize this?" said Biden.

"The vice president was saying what was on his mind, as he does. I don't think Republicans will hold a grudge," said editor at the National Review and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute Ramesh Ponnuru.

"They will say that's Biden being Biden. They take him seriously as a negotiator. They don't particularly take what he says in public all that seriously," said Ponnuru.

Republicans "like Joe Biden. They like dealing with him. They feel like they can negotiate with him, make a deal with him. Frankly, they don't like the president. They don't like him politically, they don't even like him personally," said CNN political contributor and former Clinton adviser Paul Begala.

"Biden has actually been quite a good ambassador. I don't think that this comment drains that good will," said Begala.

"It's a little premature to talk about the negotiations with the president since House Republicans are kind of negotiating within themselves at this point when it comes to continuing resolutions," said Jackie Kucinich, host of The Washington Post's "In Play."

ABC News reported Friday afternoon that even though President Barack Obama said in his Syria speech to the nation Tuesday night that he had discussed delaying the vote to authorize military strikes with congressional leaders, neither Republican Speaker John Boehner nor Majority Leader Eric Cantor were conducted.

"The Republican leaders have stuck their necks out supporting the president on Syria beforehand. That is a complaint you hear about a lot, that the president has not invested the time to try and build relationships, and this is just another example," said Ponnuru.

"He has to consult and not just inform. This is legitimate criticism, honestly," said Begala.

For more political analysis, including a discussion of criticism surrounding First Lady Michelle Obama's new campaign to drink more water, watch the video above.

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