Joe Biden is having such a great week, he might sneak out of the Executive Office Building a little early tonight and get himself some ice cream. Or maybe that frozen yogurt that you pay for by the ounce, that you can put endless toppings on.
First, Trey Gowdy probably ended all talk of impeachment eeking out of Republican corners in light of last Tuesday’s election results by suggesting that, if Barack Obama were to be impeached, we’d all be stuck with President Joe Biden, and that’s not something anyone wants.
Gowdy was asked on Fox News Thursday night about the possibility of impeachment, if Obama acts without Congress on immigration.
“Have you met Joe Biden, is my response to that,” Gowdy replied. “So, no. Nobody’s discussing impeachment except pundits and commentators. First of all, impeachment is a punishment; it’s not a remedy. Second of all, the only people who want us to talk about impeachment are the president’s allies.”
Referring to the idea of impeachment as bait, Gowdy said, “I’m not going to take it because I’ve met Joe Biden.”
The Hill, of course, was being polite by pulling the best part of Gowdy’s quote, where he noted that the Vice President is “two floppy shoes short of a clown outfit.” To which Biden replied that he most definitely had the whole clown outfit, and his curly rainbow wig definitely looks better than whatever haircut Trey Gowdy is planning to get for his next set of investigative hearings. Allegedly.
Okay, he didn’t. But in my mind, that’s exactly what he said, and he said it while sporting aviator sunglasses and one of those vintage bomber jackets that they sell at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum gift shop. What Biden actually did, however, was lob his first fireball at the Clinton camp, alleging that, while the Clintons were in office, the much-neglected middle class, to which Joe Biden belongs, if only by having absorbed so much Natty Light, suffered and shrank.
Vice President Joe Biden issued a damning critique of the Clinton economy Thursday, arguing that “the middle class was declining” throughout the 1990s.
Speaking before the American Federation of Teachers, Biden struck a blow to prospective presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who falsely claimed that her husband created “a hundred times” more jobs than Ronald Reagan.
“The fact is, the middle class started to get into trouble in the late ‘80s,” Biden said. “All through the ‘90s with the exception of two years, the middle class was declining.”
Joe Biden will have difficulty positioning himself in a field that includes Hillary Clinton, a warhawk “moderate,” and Elizabeth Warren, who is one of our Native Americans. He has to strike an odd line between populism and progressivism in the hopes that voters are looking for a “blue collar” candidate, and because of Federal election rules, cannot actually throw a kegger for everyone in all 50 states. At least I don’t think he can.