Speaking to a large crowd in Virginia estimated to be about 40% African-American, Vice-President Joe Biden proclaimed that “Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he’s gonna let the big banks again write their own rules — unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”
Telling an audience of blacks that the other Presidential candidate and his party plans to put them back in chains is unequivocally dirty campaigning, race-baiting, divisive, and uncivil, the precise kind of campaigning that Barack Obama swore that he would deliver us from in 2008. Now the Obama campaign, as well as his Administration, has embraced divisiveness as a primary strategy, and outrageous scaremongering with a racial bite is also consistent with the current principle-free attack mode by the Democrats, which has included accusing Mitt Romney of being a felon, a tax-evader and a murderer.
Yet the media line on the Biden speech is that “Republicans” have screamed foul. A Vice-President of the United States, running for re-election with an African-American President, telling black Americans that the opposition plans to put them back in chains? Why are just Republicans screaming foul? Why isn’t every decent Democrat, progressive, reporter, pundit and member of the public screaming foul? Is this really what they all consider appropriate, honest, respectful and civil campaigning for the highest offices in the land, by one of the occupants of those offices?
Despicable campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter—the fact that President Obama allows this dishonest and Machiavellian woman to stay associated with his campaign is itself an indictment of his integrity—told MSNBC that Biden’s race-baiting was acceptable because it was “a metaphor.” “I think [the President] probably agrees with Joe Biden’s sentiments,” Cutter said. “I mean he’s using a metaphor about what’s going to happen.” And what is that metaphor, Stephanie? What’s “going to happen” that can be metaphorically described as “putting y’all back in chains” ? I honestly don’t know. To me, putting blacks in chains is a metaphor for slavery. What does President Obama think it’s a metaphor for? Speaking of metaphors, I suppose that in Cutter’s grotesquely warped world, if Biden said that “They’re going to lynch you,” she’d be all right with that too. Metaphor, you know. For…well, for something that’s going to happen.
Cutter is beneath contempt.
But the White House and Joe have another defense for Biden too. He just got mixed up. Romney talked about “unshackling” Wall Street, which means eliminating some regulations. Shackles are chains, and this confused poor Joe so much that he started talking about chaining up black people. In other words, the Vice-President is an idiot.
And therein lies the problem. Biden can only be forgiven his embarrassing and debasing statements if we hold him to a lower standard, like we do Maxine Waters, Bill Maher, Michele Bachman, or Forrest Gump. None of these fools, however, is Vice-President. If we give Biden the benefit of such a standard, we must accept the fact that an utter dolt is a heartbeat away from the Presidency, and Barack Obama put him there.
In 2008 the national news media cracked out the old sexism and anti-rural biases to work overtime painting Sarah Palin as intellectually unqualified to be Vice-President, condemning John McCain as irresponsible for choosing her, and ignoring their journalistic duty to note that a much bigger dummy was running on the Democratic side. Now that the GOP has a Vice-Presidential nominee who, whatever he may be, is nobody’s fool, it might be tempting for the news media to question Biden’s fitness for office with the vigor that they dissected Palin. Better late than never, after all, and Joe can be counted on to supply at least as many disturbing statements as Sarah did, once the press starts paying attention. “God forbid, he ever had to be entrusted with the presidency, whether he really has the mental capacity to handle it,” Rudy Giuliani said of Biden today. “I mean, this guy just isn’t bright. He’s never been bright. He isn’t bright. People think well, he just talks a little bit too much. Actually, he’s just not very smart.”
Either Joe Biden was executing a race-based, civility-free, dirty campaign strategy that makes a mockery of the ideals Barack Obama claimed he stood for in 2008, or he’s too dim-witted to be Vice-President, and Obama chose him. Take your pick.
Facts: CBS News
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