I really don’t get this. Is Joe Biden a secret PUMA? Is he wishing that McCain had chosen him instead of Sarah Palin? Or worse, does he think this type of speech actually HELPS the Senator from Illinois?
ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., on Sunday guaranteed that if elected, Sen. Barack Obama., D-Ill., will be tested by an international crisis within his first six months in power and he will need supporters to stand by him as he makes tough, and possibly unpopular, decisions.
“Mark my words,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. “It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”
“I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate,” Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. “And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you – not financially to help him – we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”
Not only will the next administration have to deal with foreign affairs issues, Biden warned, but also with the current economic crisis.
“Gird your loins,” Biden told the crowd. “We’re gonna win with your help, God willing, we’re gonna win, but this is not gonna be an easy ride. This president, the next president, is gonna be left with the most significant task. It’s like cleaning the Augean stables, man. This is more than just, this is more than – think about it, literally, think about it – this is more than just a capital crisis, this is more than just markets. This is a systemic problem we have with this economy.”
“I’ve forgotten more about foreign policy than most of my colleagues know, so I’m not being falsely humble with you. I think I can be value added, but this guy has it,” the Senate Foreign Relations chairman said of Obama. “This guy has it. But he’s gonna need your help. Because I promise you, you all are gonna be sitting here a year from now going, ‘Oh my God, why are they there in the polls? Why is the polling so down? Why is this thing so tough?’ We’re gonna have to make some incredibly tough decisions in the first two years. So I’m asking you now, I’m asking you now, be prepared to stick with us. Remember the faith you had at this point because you’re going to have to reinforce us.”
“There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go, ‘Whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don’t know about that decision’,” Biden continued. “Because if you think the decision is sound when they’re made, which I believe you will when they’re made, they’re not likely to be as popular as they are sound. Because if they’re popular, they’re probably not sound.”
Okay, so let’s recap. Here’s what Joe is saying:
1) If you elect John McCain, the international community won’t be “testing” him. But if you elect Barack Obama, you’re going to have an international crisis within the first six months.
2) You’re not going to like what we do in response, but you should support us anyway, and make sure all your friends do also. In fact, no one is going to like it, and that’s what makes it right.
3) And the economy is going to suck too, so get ready for the tax hike. (Toldja!)
I must repeat, HUH?
Senator Biden, a word to the wise: It is not always good to say everything that goes through your head. Sure, you might be looking ahead to post-January, and seeing a lot of hard times ahead. You might think that Achmadinejad, Pooty-Poot or some other dictator type will try to pull something on a President Obama. But why in heaven’s name would you say these things out loud?
Does the Vice Presidential nominee not remember how Bush and Cheney used this type of fearmongering against John Kerry in 2004, to great effect? Cheney said this in September of 2004:
“It’s absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we’ll get hit again and we’ll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States,” Cheney told about 350 supporters at a town-hall meeting in this Iowa city.
I wanna know what is in that Kool-Aid, because it’s apparently turning Joe Biden into Dick Cheney.
What do you think?
Cross-posted at The Confluence