“You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier!”
—-Fading Democratic Presidential nomination front-runner Joe Biden, lashing out at a New Hampshire voter whose questions annoyed him.
First, the important question: what the hell is a “pony soldier”? The answer is “nobody knows.” Nor does anyone know why this insult, epithet, whatever it is, leapt into Joe’s mind, but then it’s Joe Biden. Who can say what vestigial RNA from his prospector ancestors are knocking around in Biden’s gray matter? He thinks “malarkey” is hip slang; I’m waiting for him to start shouting “By crackie!, “Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!” and “Tarnation!”
I found a website that attributed “pony soldier” to a John Wayne movie—no, you morons, the Duke’s movie was “The Horse Soldiers.” “Pony Soldier” is a forgettable 1952 Western starring Tyrone Power. Nobody, but nobody, quotes Tyrone Power movies, and Power had as much business starring in a Western as David Niven. So it looks like this is just a spontaneous nonsense insult, like in “A Few Good Men” when Tom Cruise shouts, “You’re a lousy fucking softball player, Jack!” at Kevin Bacon after an argument that has nothing to do with softball.
Now on to the incident itself. Today Biden was handshaking and chatting at a pre-New Hampshire primary stop in Hampton. A woman asked him,“How do you explain the performance in Iowa and why should the voters believe that you can win a national election?”
It’s a fair question, since the only reason on God’s green earth that anyone would seriously consider a doddering, blathering, fading and rapidly aging old pol like Biden as a rational nominee is that he would be preferable to the Doomsday Meteor.
“You ever been to a caucus?” Biden replied. When the voter said she had, Biden snapped, “No you haven’t. You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier!”
By the way, did you know that one of the reasons it is essential to get rid of Donald Trump is that he’s an abusive, intemperate bully who has an unstable temperament?
Biden’s outburst was unethical because…
- He called the woman a liar without any justification.
- He called a woman “dog-faced,” which is sexist, and if Donald Trump had done it, been condemned from sea to shining sea.
- He attacked a citizen and a voter who was legitimately questioning a candidate for President, thus engaging in intimidating and disrespectful behavior.
Moreover, I cannot find a record of any other candidate for President being that uncivil to a citizen without provocation. No, not even Donald Trump. Not the late John McCain, either, who was tarred as having a dangerously explosive temper during the 2008 Presidential campaign.
One of the reasons Biden is supposed to be strong opposition for President Trump is that he’s a nice guy. Leo Durocher famously said that nice guys finish last, but he was wrong. (Leo was definitely not a nice guy.) But candidates who are supposed to be nice guys and who expose themselves as nasty, sexist jerks do finish last.
A final note for the “Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias” files: the Washington Post and The Hill, among others, minimized Biden’s conduct by stating, in their headlines, that Biden was joking (because that’s the spin Biden’s crack clean-up crew put on it). Again, he accused the woman of lying and called her “dog-faced.” Hilarious! The mainstream media is actively covering for their favored candidates. It’s obvious, and it’s disgusting.
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