The Biden gambit

posted at 9:21 am on May 8, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Gaffe or gambit?  Vice President Joe Biden created a stir on Sunday when he appeared to endorse the legalization of gay marriage, and then confusion reigned as the White House tried to downplay Biden’s remarks.  Biden’s penchant for making gaffes certainly would explain this as a wandering-off-the-reservation moment.  In my column for The Week, however, I argue that too many coincidences have intersected for this to be a simple gaffe.  Instead, it’s a deliberate gambit that extends the strategy of distractions from Team Obama:

Nor do the coincidences end there. This comes just after the much-publicized departure of foreign-policy adviser Richard Grenell from the Romney campaign. The hiring of the openly-gay Grenell had drawn some criticism from social-conservative groups, but he had also been supported by national security hawks like John Bolton, who tried to talk Grenell out of resigning, as did Mitt Romney. Nonetheless, Grenell’s departure late last week allowed the Obama campaign to paint Romney and Republicans as intolerant.

The timing of Biden’s statement looks less like a gaffe, therefore, and more like a way to keep the controversy alive. That may put Obama in a slightly tougher position, assuming that Obama isn’t planning a conversion over the summer, but is that a good assumption? Obama has a crisis in enthusiasm on his left, to the extent that he recently lamented to a group of fundraisers that Republican control of the House has forced him to be more centrist than he prefers. Independents do not find same-sex marriage off-putting in general, and few social conservatives plan to vote for Obama anyway. There is very little risk for Obama in a summer conversion to same-sex marriage, and Biden’s statement could very well have been a test balloon to see what damage ensued, if any. If Obama sensed significant damage, then Biden’s aptitude for gaffes would provide a handy cover.

Even more likely, though, Biden’s gambit was an attempt to keep the media preoccupied with issues other than jobs and the economy. It’s also no coincidence that this eruption came just 48 hours after another disappointing jobs report. Suddenly, though, the national media seems a lot more interested in an issue where, strictly speaking, the federal government doesn’t have jurisdiction. Before Halperin asked Duncan about Biden’s comments, Joe Scarborough told Duncan that Halperin plans to ask all of Obama’s Cabinet secretaries about their position on same-sex marriage. With the number of jobs in the U.S. declining the last two months, economic indicators showing the nation slipping further into stagnation, and the Senate refusing for more than three years to even pass a budget, aren’t there other, more salient topics to ask Cabinet secretaries?

In that light, Biden’s comment looks more like an extension of the Obama campaign strategy of continuous distractions. Whether it’s the Buffett Rule, the so-called war on women, or Seamus the roof-riding Dog, the Obama campaign will pull out all of the stops to keep the focus in this campaign away from jobs and the economy. Don’t be surprised if that includes a re-election campaign conversion on same-sex marriage by Obama — and weeks of media attention to the sideshow rather than the issues that matter most to voters.

However, National Journal’s Beth Reinhard believes that Biden has put the Obama administration into a vise.  Backing legalization of same-sex marriage would gin up enthusiasm among younger voters, but Reinhard argues that it might cost them enthusiasm among African-American voters, and votes in the swing states Obama desperately needs:

The chance that President Obama will finish “evolving” on the issue of gay marriage before November is about as slim as the winning margin that he or Mitt Romney can assume in this horse race. …

In national polls, only a narrow majority of Americans support gay marriage. Many of the toss-up states that Obama needs to win a second term — including Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin — have passed laws or constitutional bans against same-sex marriage. In another battleground state, Iowa voters in 2010 ousted three Supreme Court justices who had legalized gay marriage the previous year.

A big reason the issue is tricky for Obama is that two of the constituencies that were pivotal to his 2008 victory – young voters and African-Americans — are at odds. While gay-rights advocates frame marriage as a civil-rights issue, many churchgoing African-Americans approach it in a religious context. In North Carolina for example, an Elon University Poll in February found that only 35 percent of voters ages 18 to 34 support a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Among black voters, the percentage supporting the ban jumped to 46 percent.

The president’s campaign put out a statement in March saying he did not support the ballot measure, but he has not personally addressed it.

That posits a couple of questionable assumptions, though.  First, it’s unimaginable that enthusiasm for Obama among black voters would suffer much, even if he reversed himself on gay marriage.  Even a slight reduction in turnout would be a rather doubtful assumption.  If Obama’s hold on this demographic is that fragile, he’s already lost the election.  The swing-state vote is a more realistic concern, but the current vacillation won’t help if those voters are keying on this topic, either, and they almost certainly aren’t.  In February, Gallup’s national poll showed gay marriage at the bottom of the priority list for voters; it was dead last among independents and second-to-last for Republicans, and last among Democrats as well.

In short, it’s not an issue that people remotely connect to the 2012 election, or at least haven’t until now.  It does however have some impact on Obama’s fundraising, as Greg Sargent pointed out last night:

Some leading gay and progressive donors are so angry over President Obama’s refusal to sign an executive order barring same sex discrimination by federal contractors that they are refusing to give any more money to the pro-Obama super PAC, a top gay fundraiser’s office tells me. In some cases, I’m told, big donations are being withheld.

Jonathan Lewis, the gay philanthropist and leading Democratic fundraiser, is one of many gay advocates who has been working behind the scenes to pressure Obama to change his mind. When Obama decided against the executive order last month, arguing that he would pursue a legislative solution instead, advocates were furious — such a solution will never pass Congress, the executive order has been a priority for advocates for years, and the move smacked of a political cave to conservatives who will not support Obama no matter what he does.

Now these and other donors are beginning to withold money from Priorities USA, the main pro-Obama super PAC, out of dismay over the president’s decision. (Some of these donors have already maxed out to the Obama campaign, I’m told.) It’s the first indication that areas in which Obama is at odds with gay advocates — and in fairness, his record on gay rights has been very good — could dampen overall fundraising.

Expect the Obama campaign and the White House to continue stoking this “confusion,” both for the distraction from the stagnant economy that it provides and as a means to keep those donors’ checkbooks open for a late donation surge.  Also expect an endorsement from Barack Obama of gay marriage by the time of the Democratic Convention.  If subsequent jobs reports are as lousy as those we’ve seen in March and April, I’d expect a lot more of these kinds of “gaffes” from administration officials, although not so many as to undermine the argument that Obama will be a leader in the push for same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile, we’ll just keep talking about jobs and the economy, and see if the media takes the hint.

Update: Wandering off the reservation, not registration.  Also, Amendment One goes to the voters today, not in November.


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President Biden….

Has a ring to it…

Electrongod on May 8, 2012 at 9:25 AM

but Reinhard argues that it might cost them enthusiasm among African-American voters

Whoa, nobody is supposed to say anything about that out loud, in public.

forest on May 8, 2012 at 9:26 AM

He is senile!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Biden loves gambits. He always buys a bag when he goes to the movies.

swinia sutki on May 8, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Biden is opening the door, I wonder who will be the one to open it wider?

upinak on May 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Biden was scripted by a clean and articulate director, not a doubt in my mind.

petefrt on May 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Didn’t Cali pass a state law banning gay marriage last year that was overturned by a fed judge? Maybe this is the big kahuna he’s trying not to lose. Votes in Cali.

Kissmygrits on May 8, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Even more likely, though, Biden’s gambit was an attempt to keep the media preoccupied with issues other than jobs and the economy.

Gas near $4 a gallon, real unemployment in double digits, $5 trillion in new debt in three years. Dear Liar cannot run on his record.

The thing is, Ohio voted in a ban on same sex marriage in our constitution, and North Carolina is poised to do the same.

rbj on May 8, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Ghey marriage or not, if Obama can ‘persuade’ Shrillary to run with him, Plugs is toast.

petefrt on May 8, 2012 at 9:29 AM

” Its the economy STUPID ! ”

stormridercx4 on May 8, 2012 at 9:30 AM

…I’m tired of these distractions and the media lapping up every distraction that is being fed to them…years ago the media had ONE thing to say…
.
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…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Biden is simply being used as a test case for any position Obama and his cabal might take.

I’m guessing that in less than month, Obama will come out with his evolved position on gay marriage…which means he’ll be in full support of it.

This will be preceded by numerous visits and speeches and fainting spells in front of crowds that won’t like his evolved position to soften the blow by handing them some shiny objects.

BobMbx on May 8, 2012 at 9:32 AM

In February, Gallup’s national poll showed gay marriage at the bottom of the priority list for voters

My policy position has evolved from “Bleh, now the polygamists are going to be on our back about marriage” to “don’t ask care, don’t tell care”.

forest on May 8, 2012 at 9:32 AM

“ ” Its the economy STUPID ! ”

stormridercx4 on May 8, 2012 at 9:30 AM

…thank you!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Also expect an endorsement from Barack Obama of gay marriage by the time of the Democratic Convention as a means to help fight Amendment One in North Carolina.

Isn’t the Amendment One election happening in North Carolina today?

thuja on May 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM

It’s the High-Two-Incomes-With-No-Kids contributors, stupid.

RBMN on May 8, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Expect the Obama campaign and the White House to continue stoking this “confusion,” both for the distraction

Did you mean to say Stroking?

docflash on May 8, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Every time I see the whole “gay marriage” debate, I immediately think “who gives a flying fart?” How large a segment of society does this impact? The only way I’d care is if the married gay couple in front of me at the gas station is getting a discount that I’m not getting. Can’t be said enough,

…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

h/t to K2.

waterytart on May 8, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Distractions indeed

Good one Ed

cmsinaz on May 8, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Isn’t the Amendment One election happening in North Carolina today?

thuja on May 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Yes it is. And one of the liberal rags posted a poll and got a 55% in favor of the amendment. If the amendment passes, there will be a lot of crying and gnashing of teeth in the Old North State.

LoganSix on May 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Biden is as senile as Robert “KKK” Byrd was in the last 5 years of his life.

wildcat72 on May 8, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Yes it is. And one of the liberal rags posted a poll and got a 55% in favor of the amendment. If the amendment passes, there will be a lot of crying and gnashing of teeth in the Old North State.

LoganSix on May 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Think the democrats are happy about holding their convention in Charlotte?

rubberneck on May 8, 2012 at 9:41 AM

It was a gaffe. Biden just loves to hear himself speak.

rubberneck on May 8, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Expect the Obama campaign and the White House to continue stoking this “confusion,” both for the distraction from the stagnant economy that it provides and as a means to keep those donors’ checkbooks open for a late donation surge. Also expect an endorsement from Barack Obama of gay marriage by the time of the Democratic Convention.

Yep. I said this yesterday in a couple threads. No way are these just gaffes…they’re simply priming for a big reveal in Obama’s further “evolution” on the issue. I’d expect it during the convention. He’s not losing the African-American vote, and they don’t “need” North Carolina or a couple other swing states in order to win. But, what they do need is to energize a portion of their base and distract from the economy, and this is a way to do it.

changer1701 on May 8, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Expect the Obama campaign and the White House to continue stoking this “confusion,” both for the distraction from the stagnant economy that it provides and as a means to keep those donors’ checkbooks open for a late donation surge.

FORWARD = DISTRACTION

Here’s an idea. Let’s write a story/start the narrative that the Democratic Party is so fractured, it’s beyond repair. While the liberal media spews division within the GOP, (lockstep with what ever the White House puts out to their lemming press), why not point out how the radical left has taken control of the DNC, (and a President who loves staying on the extreme left), leaving moderate Democrats and independents with no choice but to cast a vote for Mitt Romney.

With Barack Obama having absolutely no national economic platform to run on, his party’s plan is to divide and concur. Gender separation, religious views, class envy, (the silver spoon syndrome), and finally, the race card factor will be injected into Obama’s campaign to rally his base. Also, the scare tactics that the Republicans will end all entitlements, (sending grandma back over the cliff, and leaving “students” with no free rides in their quest to be liberally indoctrinated/educated), sending panic notices to every “dependent” of government programs. Those evil Republicans will be cutting off the welfare payments, medicare payments, student loans, you name it. Oh, and the GOP will destroy the planet with de-regulation of those evil corporations causing global pollution, (see the melting ice caps and starving polar bears). Have I missed anything?*

Since the liberal media won’t report that the financial security of this nation is on the cusp of complete insolvency, and as they continue to sugar-coat/fabricate the drastic employment debacle, they will embrace this divisive narrative of fear and class envy/warfare.

Meanwhile, the liberal left Democrats will continue with their full steam ahead attitude, advocating for more spending, and taxing everyone that has an income. Obama’s “FORWARD CAMPAIGN” is just more of the same old DNC playbook: pull the wool over the eyes of the American electorate with every distraction possible, so that we will all ignore the 800 lb. gorilla in the room—record debts and deficits—and a recession that never ended…….except on paper.

(* More deflection by the liberal media with the gay marriage issues.)

So far, it looks like the Democrat’s plan is working to perfection.

Rovin on May 8, 2012 at 9:45 AM

-Joe? We need you to go out and act like a doddering fool.

“No problem, Mr. President.”

Bishop on May 8, 2012 at 9:45 AM

LoganSix on May 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Is it one of those “no” = “yes” votes, or is it clearly worded ??

pambi on May 8, 2012 at 9:47 AM

President Biden….

Has a ring to it…

Electrongod on May 8, 2012 at 9:25 AM

.
So did The Gong Show… who’s up to play Gene, Gene, The Dancing Machine?

ExpressoBold on May 8, 2012 at 9:49 AM

The only way I’d care is if the married gay couple in front of me at the gas station is getting a discount that I’m not getting.

The first step is legal recognition. Next, obtain minority status. Third, demand discounts at gas stations as compensation for legacy anti-gay policies.

Thats how this game works.

BobMbx on May 8, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Gaffe or calculation? Who knows for sure?

But given the Zero Crew’s track record, there was probably some miscalculation involved as well, including the failure to coordinate by informing all the Crew.

novaculus on May 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Independents do not find same-sex marriage off-putting in general, and few social conservatives plan to vote for Obama anyway.

Untrue. Millions of social conservatives are going to vote for President Obama just like they did last election, and 99% of them are black.

Obama is hedging on the same-sex marriage issue because he doesn’t want to do anything to jepordize the black vote. That’s why it’s his lackeys making these statements. They’re a wink and a nod to the gay community that Obama is on their side but is unable to say it publicly.

29Victor on May 8, 2012 at 9:52 AM

BobMbx on May 8, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Holy Mackeral, that’s scary, and scarier that you’re right. Guess I need to revisit my thought process! Just, at the moment, being a single income household, it’s hard to work up a lot of enthusiasm re the whole LGBT continual breast beating festivities.

waterytart on May 8, 2012 at 9:54 AM

The distraction strategy will not work; let them keep floundering. “Distrcations” will not change the reality of people’s lives.

Having an ongoing debate about gay marriage does not help Obama. It should, but won’t, hurt him with blacks; rather, it WILL hurt him with Hispanics and Catholics.

The ongoing dialogue about this issue further puts North Carolina and possibly Iowa and New Mexico out of play for Obama.

Holding the Dem convention in NC is going to prove to be a brain-dead decision in the rear-view mirror. They should have selected Cleveland.

matthew8787 on May 8, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Didn’t Cali pass a state law banning gay marriage last year that was overturned by a fed judge? Maybe this is the big kahuna he’s trying not to lose. Votes in Cali.

Kissmygrits on May 8, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Obama could be caught on video in bed with a dead girl and a live boy … and still win California. Sad, but true …

ShainS on May 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Meanwhile, we’ll just keep talking about jobs and the economy, and see if the media takes the hint.

Occupy Distraction is not going to work. Jobs and the economy are so much more at the forefront of people’s everyday lives than the bleating homosexuals who claim that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue (hint: there is nothing in existing law that works against their civil rights). Jobs and the economy also trump, tales of dog eating and the raging debate as to who should pay for slutty law students.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Isn’t the Amendment One election happening in North Carolina today?

Yes, it is. I just went and voted an hour ago, and I voted against the amendment. Gay marriage is already illegal in this state, all this amendment will do is (ironically) get rid of the rights of all straight couples who are in a domestic partnership or civil union. The last thing I want is for a bunch of religious fascists to get together and sully the state constitution with their anti-gay nonsense.

theoddmanout on May 8, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Constitutional amendmen to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or regonized in this State

This is what it says on the ballot. Of course, those against it have been screaming that it will cause domestic violence, loss of coverage for children and all sorts of hyperbole.

LoganSix on May 8, 2012 at 10:02 AM

+1 Rovin

Excellent

cmsinaz on May 8, 2012 at 10:02 AM

LoganSix on May 8, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I’m just about to rock the world with my new study.

It proves that homosexuality causes global warming.

Look for it in a few weeks.

BobMbx on May 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

-Joe? We need you to go out and act like a doddering fool.

“No problem, Mr. President.”

Bishop on May 8, 2012 at 9:45 AM

“How much doddering would you like? President has a big stick crazy, Jobs is a three letter word senile, or Stand up for Chuck crazy?”

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Biden is a loose cannon.
If they gave him a five word sentence to read he would either bungle it or make some stupid remark before or after reading.

albill on May 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Meanwhile, we’ll just keep talking about jobs and the economy, and see if the media takes the hint.

You need a sarc tag there, Ed.

Bitter Clinger on May 8, 2012 at 10:12 AM

“How much doddering would you like? President has a big stick crazy, Jobs is a three letter word senile, or Stand up for Chuck crazy?”

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

“This is a Big F***in’ Deal crazy”

Bitter Clinger on May 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

“How much doddering would you like? President has a big stick crazy, Jobs is a three letter word senile, or Stand up for Chuck crazy?”

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

LOLOLOL

pambi on May 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Biden should be totally ignored, gaffes and all. He’s inconsequential and his antics are well known. When the Liberal media promotes another faux crisis or controversy, the right should not take the bait. Just let the liberal left work themselves into a lather and once they tire and see no one is listening, they’ll move on and find another topic to stir up.

The best way to lose a war is to keep fighting the wrong battles.

iamsaved on May 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

One of two choices.

Gregory was pressed by gay advocates via NBCU proxies to ask Biden.

Gregory was hinted at by Team 0 to bring it up.

No way Gregory laid this mine field on his own accord.

IMO, Barry is not worried about losing the black vote, he’s worried about building more resistance to him, because this will unequivocally prove he can’t be trusted with a second term.

If going from “I don’t believe it’s a right” to federalizing gay marriage is “evolving”, how does this not prove he’s a socialist who doesn’t respect state rights?

How many states would have amendments overturned or changed?

How many swing states? Ohio, for sure. North Carolina is on that road. What about West Virgina?

If everyone in his cabinet is for it, you know what he’s planning in his second term…so maybe that’s what this is about; Dog whistling.

budfox on May 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I’m just about to rock the world with my new study.

It proves that homosexuality causes global warming.

Look for it in a few weeks.

BobMbx on May 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Gay Dinosaurs?

Rovin on May 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

This comes just after the much-publicized departure of foreign-policy adviser Richard Grenell from the Romney campaign.

Yes. That’s probably what it is. Cynical and manipulative.

The gay marriage debate, it occurs to me recently, is not about rights, or feelings, or who you love, or discrimination, or homophobia … it’s about one thing, and one thing only — redefining the meaning of the word “marriage”. That’s what DOMA protects, viz.:

Defense of Marriage Act
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (Pub.L. 104-199, 110 Stat. 2419, enacted September 21, 1996, 1 U.S.C. § 7 and 28 U.S.C. § 1738C) is a United States federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman.

Most people would probably end up supporting civil unions. I might even support gay marriage if it were called “gayriage” and not “marriage”.

Supporters of gay marriage want the equivalent acceptance, approval, sanction, and blessing of the culture for same-sex couples, and today, at least half the country doesn’t want to give it. So why push it? By passing a law legalizing gay marriage, would that, in the words of Captain Picard of Star Trek, “make it so”? Would that make it equivalent to “straight” marriage?

Many gays have what appears to be a pathological need for acceptance from others to validate their sexual orientation and/or lifestyle. That makes their reason for supporting gay marriage suspect.

Paul-Cincy on May 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM

When did ole Joe have a Guy Gay Fawkes mask surgically implanted on his face?

askwhatif on May 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

It’s laughable to hear Obama and his surrogates brag that he is a “fierce advocate” for the gay community.

So fierce that he doesn’t have the guts to support gay marriage.

Obama is a coward. His advocacy is based on what serves him best at the time.

Also laughable are gays are out there cheering for Obama knowing his advocacy is really about their money and their votes–not based on some longstanding principle he is fighting for.

bailey24 on May 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

The Biden gambit

Isn’t that the chess move where you pretend to stretch and “accidentally” knock the chessboard onto the floor?

Bruno Strozek on May 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

“ ” Its the economy STUPID ! ”

stormridercx4 on May 8, 2012 at 9:30 AM

…thank you!
KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM

It’s the STUPID ECONOMY!!
Just my opinion.

askwhatif on May 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

It’s laughable to hear Obama and his surrogates brag that he is a “fierce advocate” for the gay community.

So fierce that he doesn’t have the guts to support gay marriage.

Obama is a coward. His advocacy is based on what serves him best at the time.

Also laughable are gays are out there cheering for Obama knowing his advocacy is really about their money and their votes–not based on some longstanding principle he is fighting for.

bailey24 on May 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

THIS!!!

Bitter Clinger on May 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Didn’t Cali pass a state law banning gay marriage last year that was overturned by a fed judge? Maybe this is the big kahuna he’s trying not to lose. Votes in Cali.

California has twice passed referendums outlawing gay marriage only to have them overturned in the courts (this last time by a gay federal District Court judge who had married during the period between the first and second referendum).

California has been a solid Democratic state with a winner-take-all electoral college rule. Obama is not going to lose the state unless it slides into the ocean between now and November.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on May 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Most people would probably end up supporting civil unions.

In California gay people can enter into registered domestic partnerships which give them all the rights of a married couple. I continue to believe that “gay marriage” is a hobby-horse for a well-off sector of the “gay community” and generally of no significance to the majority of gay people at all.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on May 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I continue to believe that “gay marriage” is a hobby-horse for a well-off sector of the “gay community” and generally of no significance to the majority of gay people at all.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on May 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

It’s certainly not about “gay rights”. It’s about radically changing the culture. It’s about one thing only — changing the meaning of the word “marriage”. Nothing else.

Paul-Cincy on May 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The Gaffmachine that keeps on giving. Slo-Joe Biden. He was a nuckelhead at Delaware and below average at Syracuse. He was a creapy neighbor in North Star and lost whatever smarts he had after his first wife’s fatal car accident near Tim’s Tavern. Brain surgery, hair plugs, … there is no “there” there.
The ONCE couldn’t have chosen a better VP for his chaindrive security insurance policy to inhibit an assisination attempt on King Putt.

Missilengr on May 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Jeopardize the black vote?! Please! Blacks vote for Obama because he is black. He could fully support gay marriage and probably propose separate but equal drinking fountains and blacks would still vote for him.

It’s called racism and sadly, blacks vote based on the color of ones skin, not the content of their character.

Free Indeed on May 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Biden is an extraordinary nitwit. But I wouldn’t put it past O’Bozo to try this.

Jaibones on May 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Obama is not worried about the foolish blacks, who vote 97%, plantation-style, for him, sadly. He has hurt them more than anyone could imagine, for generations to come. He took the chances of a really qualified black to be president away. Unemployment in the black youth has skyrocketed under Obama. He is a disaster for them but few see it.

On topic he is worried about the non-white-Hispanics and the white gun-toting, toothless, bible-thumping hicks who voted for him and have figured him out. He can NOT with without them.

Some ‘independents’ have figured him out a long time ago and will never come back, and he knows it.

His dilemma/challenge is to fool enough hicks and indies.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

He can NOT with win without them.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Here’s a hint if you are ever talking to / interviewing Joey “The Brain” … stare at his hairline. It will drive him NUTS!

crosspatch on May 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Psssst…Biden is a “good upstanding ” catholic. How much do you want to bet on the big war the catholics are going to have with the demonrat party between now and election day? My bet is they roll over and vote demonrat in spite of abortion, contraception & gay marriage. But don’t tell anyone.

johnny reb on May 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM