You can’t make this stuff up!
Joe Biden is now ripping his own campaign’s advertising tactics. The sad fact of the matter is, he’s right. But you just have to wonder where in the hell his brain is sometimes.
WASHINGTON (Sept. 23) – Barack Obama’s running mate says a campaign ad that mocked Republican presidential candidate John McCain as an out-of-touch, out-of-date computer illiterate was “terrible” and would not have been done had he known about it.
Obama, McCain’s Democratic rival, launched the ad earlier this month, part of an aggressive push to slow McCain’s rise in the polls after he chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate. It included unflattering footage of Sen. McCain at a hearing in the early ’80s, wearing giant glasses and an out-of-style suit, interspersed with shots of a disco ball, a clunky phone, an outdated computer and a Rubik’s Cube.
“He admits he still doesn’t know how to use a computer, can’t send an e-mail, still doesn’t understand the economy, and favors $200 billion in new tax cuts for corporations, but almost nothing for the middle class,” the ad says.
Asked about the negative tone of the campaign, and this ad in particular, during an interview broadcast Monday by the “CBS Evening News,” Obama’s running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, said he disapproved of it.
“I thought that was terrible, by the way,” Biden said.
Asked why it was done, he said: “I didn’t know we did it, and if I had anything to do with it, we’d have never done it.”
Late Monday, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton issued a statement from Biden. In it, Biden said he “was asked about an ad I’d never seen” and was “reacting merely to press reports.”
Biden said that, as he said in the interview, there was nothing “intentionally personal” in the criticism of McCain’s views.
“Having now reviewed the ad, it is even more clear to me that given the disgraceful tenor of Sen. McCain’s ads and their persistent falsehoods, his campaign is in no position to criticize, especially when they continue to distort Barack’s votes on an issue as personal as keeping kids safe from sexual predators,” Biden said.
Biden was referring to a McCain ad that said Obama supported sex education for kindergartners, based on a bill he voted for as an Illinois state senator. Obama’s campaign said the ad was a “shameful” distortion of his record because the bill’s language meant young children would have been taught about sexual predators and concepts such as “good touch and bad touch.”
Yes, if Joe Biden knew what was going on in his own campaign, he’d have a say in things. Is this not telling?
Furthermore, I thought it was the job of the running mate to…um…support the presidential candidate? Did I not get the memo on this, or something?
While I would normally applaud someone for crying foul when it is appropriate, Joe Biden has this knack of saying the wrong stuff at the wrong time.
But wait, it gets worse. Just take a look at this little tidbit:
WASHINGTON – Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says today’s leaders should take a lesson from the history books and follow fellow Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt’s response to a financial crisis.
“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,'” Barack Obama’s running mate recently told the “CBS Evening News.”
Except, Republican Herbert Hoover was in office when the stock market crashed in October 1929. There also was no television at the time; TV wasn’t introduced to the public until a decade later, at the 1939 World’s Fair.
FDR was elected three years later when voters denied Hoover a second term. The Democratic challenger appealed to the “forgotten man” by promising a “new deal” to solve the Depression era.
These are the same Democrats running around talking about Palin being a “heartbeat” away from the presidency. Given the volume of pure idiotic stuff Biden has put out there, we should all PRAY for Obama’s good health were he elected president.
And to think, Joe Biden was brought on to “strengthen” the Obama ticket. Which makes a paragraph in the article I cited above all the more hysterical:
“Part of what being a leader does is to instill confidence, is to demonstrate what he or she knows what they are talking about and to communicating to people … this is how we can fix this,” Biden said.
Yes. I’m sure after watching Biden feast on shoe leather, he instills the utmost in confidence.
But there’s more. It seems Biden has a spokesman that’s a chip off the ole’ blockhead:
Biden’s spokesman, David Wade, countered: “I’m proud to say that we Democrats aren’t experts at John McCain and his pals. From to , we just get elected to clean up the economic mess these Republicans leave behind.”like
Yes. That’s the last thing we need right now: people who know nothing about the financial collapse of the Great Depression. Again, it should be noted that the Great Depression lasted from 1929, all the way through the Roosevelt presidency, and up to World War II. Roosevelt did nothing to turn around the Great Depression.
I guess in Democrat-speak, wallowing in misery and despair is “fixing things”.
It should also be noted that the Bush Administration warned about the potential collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac back in 2003. A bill was put through Congress to provide more oversight over these institutions. Democrats killed the bill in committee.
Consequently, it was Democrats who were running both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into the ground – namely a host of former Clinton administration types like Franklin Raines.
The last thing we need is them “cleaning it up” for us.