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Democrats Deserve No Distance

On July 22, Joe Biden said the following at a fundraiser in North Carolina: "Now that the heavy lifting is over, we can go out and make our case." In other words, it's time to campaign.

He didn't get off to a good start when he also said: “There are 3 million [more] Americans working today than there were before we took office."

What? Uncle Sam's Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that no matter which of four possible ways you look at the numbers, he's laughably wrong by at least five years.

Numbers are stubborn things, aren't they, Joe? Of course, you shouldn't expect much from a guy who says "J-O-B-S" is a three-letter word.

In declaring the campaign war on, Biden immediately demonstrated that its first casualty is and will continue to be the truth.

Before I learned of Biden's howler, I was going to establish three ground rules for this year's election campaign. Now I'm down to two:

  1. If you supported Barack Obama in 2008 and are seeking election or reelection, it's too late to distance yourself from him if you haven't already. You own him, and his administration's agenda.
  2. If you voted for the Obama administration's key initiatives -- stimulus, cap and trade, ObamaCare, or financial "reform" -- you can't credibly claim to have beliefs that run contrary to their specific provisions.

Rule Number 3 was going to be: "Tell the truth." That's clearly out the window on the Democratic side.

Let's look at three concrete applications of the ground rules.