“If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve,” said Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. Uhh…wait a minute…my mistake. That was General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1884.
“I am not running for vice president. I would not accept it if anyone offered it to me. The fact of the matter is I’d rather stay as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee than be vice president.” Sen. Joe Biden – August 2007
Barack Obama’s campaign slogan has been asking Americans to believe in his ability to bring about real change in Washington. So who did he pick to help bring about this change? Only the 6th longest current serving Senator in Congress – 4th longest among Democrats. Joe Biden has been a senator and Washington insider for 36 years. Now that’s some change we can believe in!
With 73 days before the election, it should be interesting to see which one will can out-gaffe the other. Biden is a hot-head whose mouth too often runneth over. Biden has a tendency to speak without thought to consequence. During the Democratic primaries, Biden said Obama “was too inexperienced to be president because the job did not allow for on-the-job training.” To Joe Biden’s credit though, he also said,
“John McCain is a personal friend, a great friend, and I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off, be well off no matter who…”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Barack Obama.
Obama, on the other hand, is even more political than Bill Clinton – if that is possible. I don’t think Barack has any idea what he says unless he reads it off a teleprompter. Barack is so immersed in social liberalism and European moral equalivency, some of his statements become textbook lessons of absurdity. After screwing up his initial statement – even with 300 foreign policy advisors -when he said, “Now is the time for Georgia and Russia to show restraint, and to avoid a full escalation to full scale war.” An independent democracy and potential NATO member, Georgia is suddenly, and without provocation, attacked and invaded by Russian forces, and Barack says Georgia needs to exercise “restraint!” A week later, Obama finally figuring out that Russia was the aggressor, said,
“We’ve got send a clear message to Russia and unify our allies. They can’t charge into other countries. Of course it helps if we are leading by example on that point.”
In Barack Obama’s world of moral equivalency, Russia’s invasion of a peaceful democratic country is the same as the United States attacking the brutal dictatorship of Iraq. The guys at Powerline may have said it best.
“So our “charging into” Iraq – with dozens of allies, supported by a U.N. resolution, as a last resort after six months of build-up and negotiations, to unseat one of the cruelest dictators of modern times who had twice invaded neighboring states, was in violation of more than a dozen U.N. resolutions and was responsible for the deaths of something like two million people, who was shooting at American aircraft and had tried to assassinate a former President of the United States, in Obama’s childish mind, was just like Russia’s “charging into” Georgia, which resembles Saddam’s Iraq in no respect. And, of course, we invaded a horrifying charnel-house so as to establish a democracy, whereas Russia invaded a peaceful democracy that it wants to re-incorporate into its empire.”
Last year Joe Biden said, “Sometimes my candor gets me in trouble.”
Between Joe Biden’s embarassing candor and Barack Obama’s world inexperience, the next couple of months will surely try the souls of Messiah Obama’s faithful.