A Big Effin Deal

So it should be pretty obvious by now that politics — campaign season in particular — is one of my favorite subjects to cover. Like anything that involves people passionate about their participation, it makes for easy pictures.

Plus, that whole thing about journalism being a cornerstone of a functioning democracy… that certainly helps things!

Unfortunately for me this year, my workload has kept me out of the thick of things and away from the kinds of political coverage that I used to love back at my old paper, The Tampa Tribune. Everyone already knows the reputation of Florida politics of recent history, and yes, it earned it. But with local races heating up with just days to go until Tuesday’s election, I’ve had my share of events — most recently President Barack Obama campaigning for Gov. Deval Patrick.

To get back on point, the subject of this post is what I covered on Saturday for the Boston Herald. Vice President Joe Biden, he of “[The Affordable Care Act] is a big f***in deal” fame, was in Quincy campaigning for 10th District candidate Bill Keating. It was sunny. It was windy. And it was cold. And one thing’s for sure — the VP likes to talk.

Here’s a few from the event:

10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Vice President Joe Biden gives a stump speech for Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating, during a campaign event at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by 10th District Rep. William Delahunt, seated behind.


10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Ryan O'Sullivan, 9, of Milton, left, and Maeve Neret, 7, of Milton look over their signs at a campaign event for Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by 10th District Rep. William Delahunt.


10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Vice President Joe Biden, right, campaigns for Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by 10th District Rep. William Delahunt.


10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — From left, Rep. William Delahunt, Vickie Kennedy, Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating, and Vice President Joe Biden listen to a speech from Sen. John Kerry at a campaign event for Keating at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by the retiring Delahunt.


10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating is flanked by, from left, Rep. William Delahunt, Vickie Kennedy, Sen. John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign event at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by the retiring Delahunt.


10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Attendees show their support at a campaign event for Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by 10th District Rep. William Delahunt.


10.30.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Vice President Joe Biden greets supporters at a campaign event for Democratic candidate for congress Bill Keating at the Tirrell Room in Quincy on Oct. 30, 2010. Keating is running to replace the seat being vacated by 10th District Rep. William Delahunt.

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