When Joe Biden was picked by Barack Obama to be his running mate, everyone knew it was only a matter of time before the walking gaffe machine was fully operational. This is the guy who said, “You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.” (Just in case you thought he was.) He famously described Obama this way, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." You can understand why Obama picked him to be his vice president. I think they are printing up bumper stickers for the campaign, “Obama-Biden Clean and Articulate for ’08!”
But that’s old news. Biden would be on his best behavior, knowing the media spotlight was shining brightly upon him after the Democratic convention, right? Not so much.
Commenting on our current economic crisis and volatility in the stock market, Biden criticized President Bush’s leadership style by telling CBS news, "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’" Yup, and then FDR jumped on the Internet, bought some Microsoft stock and updated his Facebook page. Sorry, Joe, TV wasn’t introduced to America until the 1939 World’s Fair and Herbert Hoover was president when the stock market crashed. Other than that, good stuff.
Biden also told the Today Show that he was against the AIG bail out when it was first announced, even though he is now for it. That didn’t fit well with the Obama campaign’s attack on John McCain for the same flip-flop. Obama told Matt Lauer, "I think Joe should have waited, (to voice his opposition to the bailout) as well." Whoops.
Energy is another important issue with the American people. A young woman on the rope line at a campaign event asked Biden about the campaign’s support for clean coal technology. His response was, “We are not supporting clean coal… no coal plants here in America. Build them, if they’re going to build them, over there (China).” But here’s what Obama said at the Democratic National Convention: “As president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology and find ways to safely harness nuclear power.” Whoops.
Biden’s animosity to clean coal won’t go over very well in coal mining states like West Virginia. Then again, they’re too busy clinging bitterly to their guns and religion to bother going out to vote. In all fairness to Biden, a few days earlier he was singing the praises of coal when he was talking to coal miners.
Poor Joe went off message again when he was asked by Katie Couric about an Obama campaign ad that made fun of McCain’s inability to send e-mails. One of the reasons McCain does not use email is because he cannot work the keyboard due to the injuries he sustained in Vietnam. Biden said this about the ad, “I thought it was terrible, by the way. I didn’t know we did it and if I had anything to do with it, we’d have never done it.” Whoops. Biden was forced to crawdaddy one more time and say the ad wasn’t so bad after all.
Biden is even running into trouble with his own supporters. While introducing local officials at a rally in Columbia, Mo., he asked State Senator Chuck Graham to stand up and let the people see him. Unfortunately, Graham is in a wheelchair. Whoops.
If you don’t agree with your taxes going up for a socialist redistribution of income program, your patriotism is being questioned by Joltin’ Joe. "We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people," Biden said on Good Morning America. "It’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut." Most Americans don’t like the idea of government taking their money, giving it to other people and being called unpatriotic if they don’t say, “Thank you, Sir, will you please take more?” Even Obama has recently admitted that raising taxes and economic hard times is not a smart thing to do.
All these gaffes by Joe have started rumors that Obama will dump Biden and put Hillary Clinton on the ticket. That may be what it takes to steal momentum from McCain’s VP pick, Sarah Palin.
But Biden is not giving up without a fight. He’s worried about vote fraud. “I think we’re going to be up very late counting votes,” he recently told a bunch of lawyers at a fundraiser for the Democratic victory fund. “We’re going to need you going into election time, because we’re going to mobilize thousands of lawyers to make sure they don’t steal another election.” It looks like Biden is another victim of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Say it ain’t so, Joe.
My background as a mental health counselor can’t help but lead me to think there’s a little projection in the Democrats’ delusion that Bush stole the last two elections. Remember, Democrat Tammany Hall boss William Tweed said, "As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it?"
Will Biden still be Obama’s VP when those votes are counted?