When Joe Biden inexplicably asked voters in Virginia to help the Democrats win North Carolina in November, that was a gaffe. He forgot where he was.
But when the vice president used racially toxic language against his Republican opponents in a speech Tuesday, that was no blooper. A mistake, absolutely. But not a boo-boo.
He absolutely meant to say it. It’s clear from watching him.
In fact, he even changed his speaking style to sound southern for emphasis when uttering the phrase to a heavily African-American audience, “They’re gonna put y’all back in chains.”
Really? Is that how y’all talk in Delaware, senator?
How despicable. And how low will the Obama ticket go to win re-election?
Even liberal blacks ought to be outraged at Biden’s self-serving use of such a horrifying image from America’s past for cynical partisan gain.
Biden was talking about what regulatory restraints the Republican candidates might remove from Wall Street banks – but there can be little doubt that the barely subliminal message was racial. And way out of line, even for this campaign.
“If Paul Ryan, the Republican (vice presidential) candidate, said that to an African-American audience, there would be calls this morning for him to get out of the race, for Mitt Romney to withdraw from the race,” said Willie Geist, of the liberal MSNBC’s Morning Joe show.
Likewise, if the tongue-tripping Biden were a Republican, he would’ve been given a heavy dose of the Dan Quayle treatment years ago. Columnist John Fund correctly notes that the “mainstream” media never label a Democrat as intellectually challenged. It’s only Republicans. It’s a pattern that stretches back decades.
The closest thing to such an honest critique on Biden has been the whimsical assertion in The Washington Post that he’s like “Grandpa after he has had a Scotch too many.”
So Biden continues to get a pass. Even when using disturbing racial images to sell a point about financial regulations. That has the double benefit of Biden being able to say, “They’ll hurt you financially and, oh by the way, they’re racists.”
This is not a surprise, sad to say, from an increasingly desperate Obama campaign that sees character assassination as the only road to re-election.
Instead of painting the opposition as Bull Connor, why doesn’t the vice president compare and contrast his team’s ideas with theirs?
Then again, that would chain Mr. Biden to policies that have clearly failed.