I love when my blog is written for me. I haven’t been feeling well lately and Joe Joe “the gaffe machine” Biden gave me an easy day.
It appears that him and Obama are not talking lately and Biden seems to be running his own show. Trouble is, some of the stuff he’s been saying is not in agreement with what Obama wants. This is not only embarrassing for Obama and the campaign but it is exhausting for the campaign spin-meisters.
First up, we have the ill-advised Obama ad attacking McCain for not being able to do e-mail. The ad would have been a good idea except that McCain cannot do e-mail because he has trouble typing due to a war injury. This was an injury sustained while being tortured at the Hanoi Hilton. So, needless to say, that ad was not real popular.
As it turns out, Biden was not one of the fans. According to this story Biden had this to say during an interview on CBS with Katie Curic:
Asked whether he’s disappointed with the tone of the campaign, including the ad that Couric characterized as “making fun of John McCain’s inability to use a computer,” Biden said “I thought that was terrible by the way.
“I didn’t know we did it and if I had anything to do with it, we would have never done it”
Of course by terrible, he didn’t mean it was that bad according to this correction later:
“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,” he said, “especially when they continue to distort Barack’s votes on an issue as personal as keeping kids safe from sexual predators.”
Read the rest of the article to see how the McCain campaign used the comments to criticize the Obama campaign, call out the NYT again for not reponding to the original ad, and continue the tying of Obama to Chicago style politics.
Bidden was just getting started though. Biden was asked about clean coal plants in the US for energy. This from a story on Ben Smith’s blog, Biden steered away from Obama again by saying:
Biden's apparent answer: He supports clean coal for China, but not for the United States.
"No coal plants here in America," he said. "Build them, if they're going to build them, over there. Make them clean."
"We’re not supporting clean coal,"
This flies in the face of the Obama official position on coal. Another interesting thing is that Obama and Biden sparred about this during the primaries while running against each other. Obama is for clean coal and Biden is against it. This begs the question of who really is in charge here? Naturally we are misunderstanding Biden again and anyone pointing out the discrepancy is vilified:
Biden spokesman David Wade responded by calling McCain's statement "yet another false attack from a dishonorable campaign."
He continued: "Senator McCain knows that Senator Obama and Senator Biden support clean coal technology. Senator Biden’s point is that China is building coal plants with outdated technology every day, and the United States needs to lead by developing clean coal technologies."
How McCain got that Biden doesn’t support clean coal from this statement "We’re not supporting clean coal," is beyond me.
For more fun, read this article here about Obama attacking McCain for saying AIG should not have been bailed out when three minutes after McCain said it, Biden said the same thing. This is a good read and contains a real shocker. Matt Lauer actually called Obama on this discrepancy and asked him a tough question. No word yet if Matt has been fired by NBC for making The One feel uncomfortable and pressured to explain something unflattering.
Finally we have a bonus Biden gaffe that Cube posted on her blog today. Biden remarked that when the stock market crashed in 1929, FDR got on television and… Other than the facts that TV was experimental and the public didn’t have them yet and that Hoover was president at the time, his statement was entirely true. The other thing that pisses me off is that this will get no media play. Anyone want to guess what would happen if George Bush or Dan Quayle had said this?
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the VP debate is going to interesting. I believe that Sarah Palin will eat this man’s lunch while he munches on his foot.