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Editorial: Fun with Vice President Biden; only it’s not funny


Editorial: Fun with Vice President Biden; only it’s not funny


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August 22, 2012
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Many people in both parties have come to the conclusion that President Barack Obama needs to dump his vice president to be replaced with someone who is not so prone to “gaffes.”

The latest flub from the vice president came about last week when Joe Biden was talking to supporters in a campaign stop. His controversial remarks came as he addressed the crowd of mostly blacks in Danville, Va., while criticizing Republicans for wanting to deregulate financial institutions.

Biden said that Mitt Romney’s approach to regulating the financial industry will “put y’all back in chains.” I think there was a collective gasp from the public, as that remark was played over the air. It incensed almost as many people as did Obama’s earlier statement to small-business people saying, “You didn’t build that.”

Biden said: “Romney wants to let ... the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street!” he shouted. And then added with his best Southern drawl: “They are going to put y’all back in chains.”

Some in the Republican Party celebrated this latest gaffe as a gift horse. “We didn’t think the vice president could give us any more gaffes to work with. Well, the blunderific man from Delaware has done it again ... ,” wrote Frank McCaffrey on Netright-Daily.com.

I think their celebration is premature.

Predictably, and as he does every time, President Barack Obama has already come to Biden’s defense. With this one, I weigh in on the side of the president, who believes that Biden is an essential part of the Obama team.

Consider the national political scene, even as the November elections draw ever closer. One should ask why we are not talking about the issues as we should be. The answer, of course, is Joe Biden.

Neither the campaign nor the press are addressing the real issues, such as the sad state of the economy, the volatile situation in the Middle East, our deplorable foreign policy, the huge number of unemployed, and the large number of college graduates who have degrees but no prospects of jobs.

It would be wrong to assume that Biden is just the innocent bit player. He is the “gaffer in chief.” These headline grabbers may be accomplishing just what they are designed to accomplish.

The Republicans need to wake up and realize that things with this administration are not what they would appear to be at first glance, and this includes our vice president.

Oh sure. Some of his goofs are just goofs, such as when he asked Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Missouri, to please stand up and be acknowledged by the crowd. Graham, of course, is confined to a wheelchair. This was in 2008, well before he became vice president, so his missteps were well-known -- and welcomed by this administration.

It might just be that Biden is a necessary part of the Obama team, just as Obama continues to say. His “necessary part,” however, is not his expertise in foreign affairs or business or anything else, but rather, it is his ability to redirect the press -- and the opposition party -- into talking about anything but the economy.

As long as we keep talking about goofy Joe Biden, we won’t focus on all the lack of leadership and all the problems of this administration. Their intended “good cop-bad cop team” performance seems to be working quite well.
 

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PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 23, 2012 3:55am
 
New Guy.....4 more years....definitely a possibility... one side with free college education, free birth control, a dependent population, government workers (federal, state, and local) concerned about a reduced public workforce ... More ›

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
August 22, 2012 7:28pm
 
Speaking of dumping: How about Paul Ryan dumping Mitt Romney and really running a race. Really, the GOP screwed up by not having Paul running for President. How do you say, 4 more years.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 22, 2012 8:56am
 
What collective gasp. I didn't hear it. During recent and present campaigns, the conservative media operatives have always railed against "political correctness". What happened ? Considering that audience, I ... More ›

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