• George Will supports Barack, Joe Biden does not.
September 23, 2008 § Leave a comment
Now, depending on which MegaNewsSite you load as you wake, you’ll hear about something George Will said or something Joe Biden said. Somehow, Will is helping Obama, and Biden, Barack’s fucking VP Pick, is hurting him.
On the topic of Will, the article is called, McCain Loses His Head, and it’s great. I don’t think I need to go in depth on it because it’s part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Except that Will does say:
Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama.
Which was cool of him to say.
Now, before I talk Biden, let me say, as most of you know, I’m saying this not as a Hillary supporter, but an Obama supporter who wants to win.
In the week before the election, I was repeating the same phrase over and over again:
The economics of the election is the media coverage, and whomever wins the media coverage will probably win the election.
Biden and Bayh made no sense to me electorally in this regard. Biden got Barack maybe 2-3 days max. coverage in the media. And we’re all still living though media coverage of Sarah Palin, although it has shifted against the favorable coverage of Gov. Palin.
A major complaint that some level at Obama is that he places himself before the country. What could have been a better chess move to block that claim than to put his once arch nemesis in as his number 2? Of course the republicans would air every negative thing the two said about each other during the primaries, and maybe that would have been the reason why they didn’t pick HRC, but you know what, that would have owned everything.
Biden is finally — thankfully off the front page, thank you Turkey Burger Economy (© Tina Fey) — cashing in those chips labeled “All too blunt and off message,” with his thoughts about the McCain Is Stuck In The Past commercial,
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.”
And then there’s the reaction by Biden and Camp Obama, which is basically to say, Biden wasn’t even wholly informed about the commercial when he was interviewed:
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.”
Which is okay, I guess.
But Joe, you know what you need to do to redeem yourself and prove yourself as a pick. It’s the one real day’s work you have to do: you must unequivocally win your debate with Sarah Palin.
You must beat her without having it look mean or being able to spin it (reasonably) as sexist.
You must show her to be a complete and utter phony. It’s almost close to Shame, what you need to do. A politically correct public shaming.
Joe, you do that, and we’re OK. It may be a tough thing to do, I don’t know. But if you don’t, you’re the first real mistake that Barack made.