Vice President Joe Biden gave an amazing interview with Miami public radio station WLRN on Thursday, in which he detonated virtually the entire Obama 2012 campaign.
A major feature of that campaign, and a nonstop drumbeat through Obama’s years of failure, is that everything is George Bush’s fault. Biden was having none of it. “Even though 50-some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that’s not relevant,” he said. “What’s relevant is, we’re in charge.”
Biden retained just enough self-awareness to make the laughable claim that “it’s gotten better but it hasn’t gotten good enough.” How about that zero job growth, Joe? How about the record number of people in poverty, declining wages, skyrocketing national debt? That’s all “better,” huh?
The entire Obama campaign strategy is to excuse the current President’s deficiencies by pretending he was given such an impossible situation by his predecessor that no one could have done better. The Bush horror left Obama with no choice but to ram through billions of dollars in taxpayer loans to his cronies, so they could produce a few thousand “green jobs” at a cost of $4 million apiece – an achievement that dwarfs any messy bankruptcies that might have erupted in its wake.
Bush’s deficits were so bad that Obama had to double them. Mexican drug cartels were even hurting after Bush, forcing the Obama Administration to intervene and make sure they were properly armed. And for the love of God, stop asking what happened to all the money Obama already blew on “infrastructure” – we’ve got crumbling bridges out there!
But, no, Biden says people should forget about the sole defense left to his White House. He doesn’t “blame them for being mad.” He looks forward to the next election as “a referendum on Obama and Biden” and “the state of the economy.”
In case you’re wondering if this is some kind of radio joke perpetrated by a Biden sound-alike, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney conceded that it was really him, and demonstrated his own comedy chops by offering this laugh-riot response, as quoted by USA Today:
“I think every elected official who’s running for office in 2012 will run on his or her record. And this president and vice president will run on their record of saving the American economy from a great depression, of reversing the kind of dramatic contraction in the economy and dramatic job loss that we saw, and beginning to build a foundation for the kind of competitive economy that we absolutely must have in the 21st century for us to succeed.”
It’s always tricky to analyze Joe Biden’s actions in the context of any larger strategy, but this could be a way to remodel the “blame Bush” approach by slathering it with some tough “judge us on our record” talk… followed, courtesy of Jay Carney, by persistent reminders that the introductory chapter of that record is a single page reading “BLAME BUSH.”