Vice President Joe Biden’s net worth has been estimated to be as low as a quarter-million dollars — chump change by the standards of Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney — but surely that’s enough money in the bank to pick up a decent Trans Am, right?
Joe Biden has calmly and quietly been an incredible Vice President. He was one of the first politicians to publicly embrace gay marriage and may have been personally responsible for President Obama coming out in favor of gay marriage and the subsequent change in the Democratic Party’s platform. He is also a stunningly intelligent politician who understands the nuance of foreign and domestic policy.
A Vice President that incredible needs an incredible car, clearly. Although the second-gen Trans Am has entered the modern lexicon as shorthand for “ridiculous Seventies disco stupidity”, for a few of the years during its over-long stay at dealerships it was the fastest American-made car money could buy in the quarter-mile. The Super Duty 455 could hit a 13.5-second quarter-mile in an era when the Countach ran a 14.6. Variants with the “400″ Pontiac V-8 are revered, the Olds “403″-equipped cars are considered second-rate, and the Turbo Trans Am was more successful as an idea than as an actual automobile.
What better way to make a political contribution this election season than to buy a Trans Am for a guy who earns $230K a year? Of course, Republicans are free to buy a Trans Am for Mr. Ryan as well, but speaking as someone who went to school with the guy, he probably doesn’t need the money.