A recent Weekly Standard piece by Daniel Halper highlights the euphemistic manner in which journalists (true journalists, not the stenographers in the Drive-By media) and pundits (true pundits, not the Beal-esque psychotics we see on MSNBC) present even the harshest criticism of critique-worthy politicians. Needless to say, even in the age of the Internet, the constraints of civility and decorum are sufficiently intact to function as a serviceable firewall against saying or writing that which is best left inside the cranium.
Thus the Vice-President of the United States and his banishment from Obama campaign meetings:
On Sunday evenings, President Obama meets with his top ten campaign officials to “gather for a confidential briefing on his re-election,” according to the New York Times. Present at these meetings, which, we learn, usually take place after the president’s Sunday golf outings, are a slew of White House and campaign officials.
But there is one person conspicuously missing: Vice President Joe Biden. (Hillary Clinton and the rest of the cabinet are also absent.) “Instead, the room is filled with a group of trusted confidants who were at his side during the last campaign,” writes the Times, suggesting that Biden is not indeed a ‘trusted confidant.
“Suggesting?” Truth be told, it’s a silent vote of no confidence that might just as well have been announced to the White House press corps.
This is despite the fact that Biden has been termed “campaigner in chief.” He remains a constant presence on the campaign trail, holding rallies and fundraisers, trying to woo supporters with his personality and words. But, likewise, he remains a gaffe machine, continuously tripping over his words and message at these events.
It’s not for nothing that I dubbed him “Gaffemeister JB” a couple of years ago. But Halper is being way too conciliatory. Fortunately, I can say what Halper dares not: Joe Biden is arguably the stupidest human being ever to occupy high office in the federal government and it doesn’t take a whole lot of cogitation to figure out why Obama chose him above all others to be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office: Biden makes Obama – who isn’t terribly bright himself – look positively brilliant.
The tactic is as old as Imperial Rome, where an aging Emperor Tiberius – whose reign was a middling and mediocre one – chose as his successor Caligula, the one member of the royal family whose tenure as ruler Tiberius was certain would be worse than his own. As it turned out, he was right and by comparison the legacy of Tiberius glitters like a jewel when compared with that of Caligula, who made his own horse a Roman Senator and disemboweled his sister Drusilla – who was pregnant with his own child.
Hence the indispensable Gaffemeister JB (no Caligula, to be sure) who, if he ever succeeded Barack Obama as President of the United States, would screw up so thoroughly as to make Obama’s legacy look Reaganesque.
Don’t believe me? Then sample this appetizer plate of infamous Bidenisms:
“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.” –Joe Biden, apparently unaware that FDR wasn’t president when the stock market crashed in 1929 and that only experimental TV sets were in use at that time, interview with Katie Couric, Sept. 22, 2008
“Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me.” –Joe Biden, speaking at a town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire, Sept. 10, 2008
“A man I’m proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States — Barack America!” –Joe Biden, at his first campaign rally with Barack Obama after being announced as his running mate, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 23, 2008
“You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent…. I’m not joking.” –Joe Biden, in a private remark to an Indian-American man caught on C-SPAN, June, 2006
“Stand up, Chuck, let ‘em see ya.” –-Joe Biden, to Missouri state Sen. Chuck Graham, who is in a wheelchair, Columbia, Missouri, Sept. 12, 2008
Yes, indeed…Stand up, Chuck.
God in Heaven, what a f**king idiot this man is.