Joe Biden is absolved.
After Vice President Joe Biden suggested last week that Republicans would “put y’all back in chains,” there were calls both public and private for President Obama to remove the former Delaware Senator from the Democratic ticket in favor of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The former First Lady is said not to be interested in playing second fiddle to Obama. It could be that Hillary doesn’t want to step aboard a sinking ship.
Of course, there’s no doubt that Biden has had a long history of embarrassing gaffes going back at least a quarter century when he plagiarized the biography of then British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock as his own. But even Biden has never written an autobiography with composite characters. From where I sit, Biden isn’t the weak link on the Democratic ticket.
If a Republican presidential candidate had said he had visited 57 states with one to go, said candidate would have been branded by the liberal media as stupid. If a Republican presidential candidate had claimed 10,000 people had been killed by a tornado in Kansas, said candidate would have faced a whirlwind of negative coverage. If a Republican presidential candidate had said African Americans were a bitter people who clang to guns and religion there would be a hell to pay for said candidate.
But then Barack Obama isn’t a Republican or, heaven forbid, a conservative. As such he was held to the lowest of expectations and the lowest of standards during the 2008 election. Of course, things haven’t changed much in three and a half years in the White House. Obama is still held to the lowest of expectations and the lowest of standards.
It is why Obama can get away with referring to a Navy corpsman as a ”corpsemen.”
It is why Obama can get away with seeing fallen soldiers in the audience.
It is why Obama can get away with making a joke about the Special Olympics.
It is why Obama can get away with speaking of the Austrian language.
It is why Obama can get away with saying he’s here in Asia while standing on American soil.
It is why Obama can get away with offending the British when Mitt Romney can’t. Not only can he refer to The Falkland Islands as The Malvinas, he can call them The Maldives if he darn well pleases.
It is why Obama can get away with saying that the Supreme Court overturning Obamacare would be unprecedented despite more than 200 years of American jurisprudence to the contrary.
If a Republican President had said any of these things described above, the liberal media would declare the Commander-in-Chief public idiot number one. But since these things have been uttered by a Democratic President (and the first African-American President at that), the liberal media have been protecting Obama from himself.
But the liberal media can’t protect President Obama forever. The liberal media can’t protect Obama from Mitt Romney. Obama has to stand on his own two feet when he faces Romney one on one in three presidential debates this fall. With no teleprompter to guide him, Obama simply isn’t intelligent enough to be in the same room with Romney let alone qualified to fill an entry level position in one of Romney’s companies.
Now one could say that I am underestimating President Obama. Believe me, I am not. Obama clawed his way through the Clintons to win the Democratic Party nomination four years ago. He opted out of public financing and outspent, out-organized, and out-campaigned John McCain. Given his demagogic disposition, Obama views the Oval Office as an entitlement and as such he is a man who plays for keeps.
But when Obama and Romney go toe to toe, the American electorate will realize that Joe Biden isn’t the problem. It will be at that moment the American electorate realizes that President Obama is the problem. It will be at that moment the American electorate realizes Obama is an albatross around America’s neck. It will be at that moment the American electorate concludes Barack Obama is the weak link on the Democratic Party ticket and thus unworthy of a second term in office.
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