Wednesday, October 22, 2008

takes one to know one

Sen. Obama talked today about his running mate's comments from yesterday--you know, when Biden said, "mark my words. 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".

What did the silver-tongued senator have to say about his ticket partner?

"Joe sometimes engages in rhetorical flourishes, but I think his core point was that the next administration is going to be tested, regardless of who it is."

Sorry, Senator, I ain't buying it. I'm not that stupid.

First off, it is perfectly clear from Biden's reference to a "brilliant 47-year old" that he was talking specifically of Obama. You can try to spin it some other way, but honestly, someone should tell Obama that trying to say Biden wasn't talking about him is unsightly. Or, more to the point, saying such a blatant lie SHOULD be beneath him. How come nobody is focusing on how crazy this assertion is? I mean, if he'll lie about this, what won't he lie about?

(And yes, I said "lie"--get over it. Clearly there is intent to deceive here, so obvious is the degree of untruth. Obama isn't dumb, we are told, so there's absolutely no way he can look at the actual quote and not realize that Biden was talking about him and him alone.)

I am starting to think that young Obama doesn't learn very well.

He first tried to downplay Rev. Wright's horrible horrible words. . .only to be burned later.

Then he tried to downplay his role in the Illinois legislature's no-vote on the BAIPA-like legislation. . .leaving his campaign to correct the record later.

And someday, and maybe soon, he's going to be brought to task for his "dissembling" on William Ayers. Or so I can hope.

And then there's today.

Listen, what Biden said was one of two things: immensely dumb, or frighteningly true.

Neither one of those count as mere "rhetorical fluorish".

But of course, since neither one of those options would be a politically tenable explanation, then he's gotta go the famous "third way".

Which, of course, is not remotely based in reality.

"New politics," indeed. This guy is soooo much like every other politician we've ever known that it is just amazing that he still has any audience.


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