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The Obama-Biden Laugh Track Strategy

The Democratic ticket's gaffe factory is working overtime to lighten the national mood.

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Patrick Poole

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September 24, 2008 - 1:31 am
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With the stock market dropping, oil prices skyrocketing, and taxpayers footing the $1 trillion bill for Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae and investment bank bailouts, the Democratic ticket has adopted a new strategy in recent days to help lighten the mood of voters here in the swing states of the Midwest by getting comedic advice from senior Obama campaign strategist Sandra Bernhard and court jester/U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken.

Joe Biden got this new laugh track strategy started last week here in the battleground state of Ohio during an impromptu rope line debate in Maumee, right outside Toledo. When Biden was asked by a supporter why his ticket was supporting clean coal he responded that he was for it — as long as it was done in China, not the U.S.:

We’re not supporting “clean coal.” Guess what. China’s building two every week. Two dirty coal plants. And it’s polluting the United States. It’s causing people to die. … No coal plants here in America. Build them, if they’re going to build them over there make ‘em clean because they’re killing you.”

Now this “no coal plants here in America” joke is particularly funny because Ohio ranks third nationally in the use of coal and 87 percent of the state’s electricity comes from coal, mostly mined in Ohio. And Ohioans have few other energy resources available beyond coal. In the event of an Obama-Biden win on November 4th, the joke will be on Buckeye State families already feeling the pinch at the gas pump to find their electricity costs skyrocket while Chinese families laugh at their distress.

Adding to the hilarity is that the Obama campaign website promises that they will push for clean coal — the same technology that Biden wants limited to China. And as Politico observes, Biden was praising the virtues of coal technologies to an audience of coal mine workers in Castlewood, VA, just a few days ago. At least no one can accuse Obama-Biden of letting their act get old.

But the Democratic duo keeps them coming faster than Abbott and Costello.

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