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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

If Joe Biden were McCain's VP choice, the election would be over

In favor of Obama.

That's the (I think correct) summation of Victor Davis Hanson regarding gaffe-a-minute Joe Biden, whose ridiculous comments receive a yawn and a pass from the media:
I think in the space of about the last 24 hours, Joe Biden claimed that the AIG bailout was bad, but then said it wasn't bad;

that we did not need to burn coal;

that his apology about the dirty McCain ad was, as they say, inoperative;

that FDR once went on television to address the nation after the stock market crash of '29 (that's a twofer that trumps Obama's Americans liberating Auschwitz);

and all but said that McCain took a $50,000 bribe.

Not a bad day's work — encompassing terrible energy policy, flip-flopping, historical ignorance, and slander. And this comes on top of Palin the "good looking" "Lt. Governor" of Alaska, Hillary as the better VP pick than himself, the patriotism of paying higher taxes, and so on.

And those in turn come on top of the primary remarks about Indians in donut shops, and "bright and clean" blacks. And those in turn come on top of . . . (Well, go back to the pilfered speeches and made-up bios.)

Something is very wrong here. While most forgive the silly slip like "Barack America" or asking the wheel-chair bound to stand up, I think the Obama staff must have gone from amusement to embarrassment and now to serious concern whether Biden is up to the job.

Had this been Palin, the election would now be over.
Or, as Jonah Goldberg said a couple of weeks ago:
Biden could shout on Meet the Press, “Get these squirrels off of me!” and the collective response would be, “There goes Joe again.” But if Palin flubs the name of the deputy agriculture minister of Kyrgyzstan, the media will blow their whistles saying she’s unprepared for the job.
In other words: if Joe Biden were a conservative Republican and McCain's No. 2 pick and he made these same gaffes, the press would be trumpeting them from the rooftops.

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  • At 9/24/2008 1:08 PM, Anonymous Lee said…

    As a side note, while Roosevelt did not go on TV to discuss the crash, Biden may have been talking about the crash of '33, '37, or '39 crashes. People forget that FDR presided over three major stock market crashes that were worse than the '29 Black Tuesday crash.

  • At 9/24/2008 10:29 PM, Blogger OregonGuy said…

    If he had been thinking Chappaquidick, we wouldn't have even heard his reference to crashes.

    (Alway willing to go "to low".)

  • At 9/30/2008 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Let me help you.

    Biden has been in the Senate for 30 years and has a record of standing consistently for what he believes. He has had a few policy glitches, but his big mouth has never belied a lack of preparedness or commitment in his Senatorial career. He is a major foreign policy player with a track record, and a relentless, pointed investigator in committee hearings. So, the press and most people who know this guy are getting what they expect.

    Palin appears to have no such record. Like Biden, she has a big mouth, but lies about aspects of her record. While Biden mis-steps on specifics, Palin displays total ignorance or double-talk on general policy. She has stonewalled an investigation into ethics violations. The press and the rest of us are still forming opinions on her, but many times when she opens her mouth, something stupid or mean-spirited comes out.

    Palin might be able to help herself during the debate, but unlike Biden, she's simply not qualified in bearing, demeanor, and experience for her candidacy.


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