Joe Biden’s tongue should be in the ICU, because it obviously should be on life support. The vice president continually sprays stupidity amid the spittle.
His verbal gaffes may seem like slapstick pratfalls, but they aren’t comical when they deliver the concussive force of a sledgehammer on sensitive subjects.
After what Biden sputtered yesterday, he has less leverage than a decade-old facelift. It was terrible enough to make you want to stab two fondue forks deep into your ears and stir. No wonder Biden is the leading cause of Advil sales in the White House today.
You probably have heard Biden’s outrageous remarks by now. In a speech before a mixed-race crowd in Danville, Va., he said Mitt Romney’s tax policy would put “y’all back in chains.”
C’mon on, man!
Biden may have been retorting Republican claims about “unshackling” the economy. But he sure as hell shouldn’t have said what he said. It’s impossible to see how a reference to putting people “back” in chains would not be heard in a town that is roughly half African American other than as invoking a return to slavery.
“Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street,” Biden told a crowd of about 800. “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”
Race baiting such as that is a flat-out lock to generate heated racial resonance.
I have no idea what Biden was thinking or even if he was thinking. I could be wrong, but I doubt he actually believes that Romney plans to bring back slavery.
There are some who feel that Biden’s vice presidency now should be circling the drain.
Others suspect Biden will emerge from this brouhaha unscathed simply because is a Democrat, that his remarks about race are proof of a double standard in American politics because a Republican saying the same thing likely would be shown the door.
After all, it has been acceptable in American political discourse for the Left to accuse Republicans of seeking to place African-Americans in shackles.
Isn’t it about a dozen exits past time when racism ceases to be an issue in politics, not to mention double standards in anything?