Let’s recap Joe Biden’s week:
On Tuesday, ol’ Sheriff Joe told a majority African-American audience that the Republicans are “gonna put y’all back in chains.”
He also said some other dumb stuff, like promising that together, they could win North Carolina again… as he stood there in Virginia. And hollering that General Motors is going to lead the world in auto production in the 20th Century. You know, the usual sort of pinheaded Biden gaffes that everybody laughs off because he’s only a heartbeat away from the presidency. Hey, it’s not like he’s a Republican. Then everything he said would be a gaffe because liberals would disagree with it.
But it was the “chains” remark that caused the most problems for the Obama campaign. It put them on the defensive again, completely distracting from Obama’s substantive, policy-oriented message that Romney is a cancer-causing, tax-dodging felon who once put his dog on top of a car.*
Yesterday, Joe got called in for a lunch summit with his boss.
Today, Joe is being sent home to Delaware, far away from any live microphones. Neil Munro reports:
Vice President Joe Biden is going home to Delaware.
The updated White House calendar for Aug. 17 reports that “in the morning, the Vice President will meet with senior advisers. Later, the Vice President will be in Wilmington, Delaware.”
“There are no public events scheduled,” said the 5:36 p.m. White House announcement, titled “Daily Guidance for the Vice President.”
Biden’s retreat home during the increasingly frenetic 2012 race comes amid increased criticism for his campaign-trail performance.
That’s right: Paul Ryan is such a disastrous pick for VP that Biden just got sent to his room.
I’m skeptical that they’ll replace Biden at this late date, though, no matter how many stupid, racist things he says. Not because Obama has any sense of loyalty to him, but because Obama is incapable of admitting a mistake.
Plus, who do they have to replace Grampa Joe? Hillary? What would be in it for her? Sure, she’s been operating on the “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” principle for the last four years. But as this ship continues to sink, is she really going to let them drag her away from the lifeboats?
Most importantly: Obama simply can’t do that to us. Joe Biden is comedy gold, and we demand that they keep him right where he is until the voters get to make the decision for them.
If you really want to cast another vote for the possibility that this man becomes the leader of the free world, you go ahead and do that.
As for you wingnuts? The next time somebody bugs you about Paul Ryan for whatever reason, here’s what you say: “Where’s Joe?” Don’t let ‘em dodge the question: “Where’s Joe? Where’s Joe?” Repeat as necessary, or until they start crying.
And now, courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon: Biden’s top five racist gaffes. So far, that is. We’ve still got three more months to go!
P.S. According to Ed Klein, the campaign approached Hillary a few weeks ago and she shot them down. Oh my. Well, at least she saved Obama from having to admit error.
P.P.S. LA Times: “The White House press office has not released a complete transcript of any Biden speech in more than two months.”