The world stage can be a lonely place. Absent the vacationing President Obama, whose sojourn in Martha’s Vineyard is even peeving the local residents, Uncle Joe has verbally tapdanced from engagement to engagement in full media spotlight. And boy, is our vice president a dim bulb.
Normally, frothy-mouthed leftists and seething-mad patriots would be transfixed on every contrived-to-be-soaring, shopworn syllable of America’s father of lies, someone whose cloud of deception is so thick one can actually smell the sulphur whenever he enters the room. And normally, somewhere behind the billowing smog of obfuscation and half-truths accompanying this slight and slippery presence we call president stands a little man, whose upturned eyebrows, wispy hair, and diminutive stature strikes one as perhaps the relation of . It turns out to be Biden the Brainless, as it were.
In one short week, like a teenager whose dad makes him promise to go to school before going out of town, and who instead takes the keys to the 1961 Ferrari GT and goes on an insane road trip, Biden is a lot of fun to watch until one realizes that’s it’s your Ferrari he’s driving. (And by Ferrari, I mean “country.” And by driving, I mean “wrecking.”) But it’s not quite as amusing when the reckless person in question is not a seventeen year old boy, but a man old enough to be your dad’s age. More aptly perhaps, Biden of late is behaving less like the affable, eccentric uncle and more like the creepy, dangerous uncle who is back-slapped at family gatherings and kept away from the children. Perhaps that’s why he’s usually kept in a backroom at the White House and only awakened when the adults need him.
So Uncle Joe, we’ll call him, has repeatedly put a foot in his mouth more times than Kacey Jordan. His penchant for wacky “Bidenisms” is so renown, people have completely tuned him out. Cracks about Indian 7-eleven owners and an admonition to a paraplegic to rise and identify himself are gaffes; career-enders for any Republican office-holder, to be sure, but still, amiable gaffes.
C’mon, this is Joe we’re talking about. He’s one of us, a goodfella, a made man, you know — a Democrat.
Barrack Obama’s Day Off (a perpetual re-run) gave rise to good ole Joe breaking fortune cookies with our friends the Chinese, and while there, he indicated his petty misgivings with China’s one child policy. There is more to be concerned about here than the hurt feelings of slurpee shovelers in…Delaware.
“But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China. You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable. So hopefully we can act in a way on a problem that’s much less severe than yours, and maybe we can learn together from how we can do that.”
What I love about this statement is it gives an outstanding glimpse into what progressives really think when they aren’t accustomed to speaking under media scrutiny. What we see here confirms just about everything conservatives have been saying about progressives for decades, and has been shrugged off by pie-eyed left-wingers: progressives have no problem with forced abortion, infanticide, and other forms of “population control” as long as it can be pragmatically justified as being in the interest of “the public good” (in more recent lefty parlance, “sustainable”).
The blowback for the blowdried blowhard has elicited a quick retraction. But damage done. As many PR gurus will point out, by retracting a statement, one reinforces the memorability of the original gaffe.
More recently, our fiscal Marquis de Sades have tasked Joe as the economic whipping boy, sent off to the press hounds to deliver the pre-copulatory waft of another possible “stimulus” – a term I’m sure most Americans are giddy to see in the news again. Once more, taxpayers are going to play maid to the country’s Dominic Strauss-Kahns. And if we really want it, it’s not “rape rape.”
Here’s what Biden brayed, according to Reuters:
“U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday the U.S. economy needed more stimulus (sic) to get it moving, putting in a plug for government measures shortly before the White House unveils new proposals to boost job growth. […] Reacting to a leadership switch at the top of ratings agency Standard & Poor’s after it downgraded the United States, Biden said his ‘instinct’ was that pressure from disgruntled businesses may have influenced the change, though he made clear that he did not know the agency’s internal workings. S&P said earlier this week its president was stepping down.”
It’s clear that Biden’s instincts are about as prescient as those of lemmings in a four mile congo line. And if we keep allowing fools like Biden to lead us from behind, more than a few of us will be flinging ourselves off of cliffs before it’s all said and done.