The Aspen Institute and the Atlantic magazine are hosting an “Ideas Forum” summit, at which a variety of newsmakers sit for candid interviews. It was at this summit that Florida senator Marco Rubio declared he would not accept an invitation to join the Republican ticket as a vice-presidential nominee yesterday.
The current Vice President, Joe Biden, also attended the Ideas Forum. Asked if the GOP was strong enough to beat his re-election effort with President Obama, he replied, “Absolutely!”
“No matter what the circumstance, at the end of the day, the American people are… many of them are in real trouble,” said Biden, doubtless earning his own page at AttackWatch.com. He goes on to explain exactly why, providing a wonderful video for the Republican Party to use in 2012.
Biden’s judgment on the importance of his President’s disastrous handling of the economy: “Whether it’s your fault, or not your fault, is sometimes irrelevant.” Every Democrat politician and campaign consultant watching this immediately began dancing the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
But Biden was just getting warmed up:
What I’m counting on, what I read out there, the judgment of the American people to decide… They know the hole we’re in, they know how far we’ve come out, they’re dissatisfied how fast we’re going, and they’re gonna have to choose whether or not the path we have set the country on is the path that we should continue to go, or that we should go back to liberating the economy in the terms… of…
(Emphasis mine.) He just kind of… stops there, presumably because he realizes what he just said. If only his Administration could be stopped so quickly and cleanly.