The Continuing Crisis

The Continuing Crisis

By From the June 2014 issue

April turns to May, and all of a sudden things have become very perilous for Vice President Joseph Biden. In the beginning of the month he was addressing the traditional Democratic groups—for instance the Women With Splitting Headaches International and the Stupid Students Society of Bull Snort, Georgia—and joshing it up in his incomparable way. Then inexplicably President Barack Obama sent him to UKRAINE! Not to North Korea, not to Somalia, not even to Chicago’s South Side on a Saturday night. Joe Six Pack was sent to Ukraine, there to threaten President Vladimir Putin and to eat Ukrainian cuisine whether he likes it or not. All the time he was there Joe seemed edgy. No jokes about Indians working at the local 7-Elevens, not a word about Mrs. Sarah Palin. He shied away from open second-story windows. He kept his Secret Service detail away from strong drink. And one had to wonder: Why did the president send gaffable Joe to Ukraine just as Russian troops were rumbling along the border and Russian goons were amok within its borders?

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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: the Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn't Work: Social Democracy's Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery.