Vice President Joe Biden is probably one of the G.O.P.’s best friends. He has a real propensity for always saying the right thing ………..for Republicans. His latest statements to verify that came Thursday at the Washington Ideas Forum, an invitation only, two day forum for leading newsmakers at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The event is sponsored by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute.
During an appearance at the forum, Biden stated that the shaky economy has left many Americans in “real trouble“, and made clear that the Republican Party is strong enough to beat President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. Note how he said “President Obama” and not “us“. Joe may be dumb but he is not without an ego that would prohibit him from sharing the blame for the economy that he said will be responsible for the defeat.
According to Joe, a significant majority of the American people don’t believe the country is moving in the right direction. You think? He adds that such a public perception is never a good place to be going into re-election (no kidding), regardless of whether it is the current administration’s fault or not.
Biden defended the Administration though when he suggested that the economy has still greatly improved under President Obama. He states that he is counting on voters recognizing how deep the recession was and how much the economy has improved under the Obama Administration.
To be fair, credit must be given when it is deserved. Joe is right about the strength of the Republican Party going in to the 2012 presidential election. However, honesty is not always welcome in politics, especially if you are a liberal trying to promote the benefits of unsustainable spending, increased taxation, and socialist policies. For that reason, the Vice President is not likely to get a pat on the back and hear a sincere thank you from the President for his honesty. Instead he might hear something more along the lines of “Way to go, Joe. Thanks for the encouraging words”.
The episode does demonstrate one thing though. It shows us that the Administration sees the writing on the wall. So much so that even the “average Joe” can read it. That means that the Obama re-election team is surely preparing a campaign based on desperate attempts to run an extremely negative campaign against the Republican ticket, regardless of whose names are on it. If they understand that voters will have very little reason to support the Obama-Biden ticket for reelection, there only chance will be to make the opposition look worse. That means that while the President will try to resort to discussing issues with little detail and great flowery, rhetoric, His surrogates and ad men will be attacking attacking the Republican ticket with verbal assaults that are based on personal matters, and far-fledged distortions of records.
This conclusion is only verified by Joe Biden.
His comments on the 2012 election at the Washington Ideas Forum offer us a glimpse of the Administration’s mindset. They know that they can’t win on the one issue that is likely to dominate the election…… the economy. Oh they will try to wage class warfare, they will incite the anger of their big union base and take advantage of the underprivileged. They will even play the blame it on Bush card and try to morph the Republican presidential nominee into Bush. But in the end, the American people understand that saying that sat upon President Truman’s desk and read, “The buck stops here”. And the fact that no bucks are flowing in to the economy, will only make most voters more aware of who is responsible for that.
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