The confused, bumbling old man being the vice president, of course.
Let’s pause and consider that as his first major choice upon securing the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama selected this man as his running mate:
The man can’t count to four, was already a known plagiarist, and has gotten almost every single foreign policy question of the past thirty years dead wrong, yet he’s one heartbeat away from the most difficult job in the free world. That was Barack Obama’s choice.
Today, Biden’s accusation that Mitt Romney would turn the White House into a slave plantation and, one supposes, resurrect the international slave trade, has forced the Obama campaign to either toss the vice president under the bus or join him in the gutter. Guess which adventure they chose.
ANDREA MITCHELL: “I want to also ask you about something that Joe Biden said out on the campaign today. Let’s take a look at something Joe Biden was saying about banking regulation.”
BIDEN: “He said in the first hundred days he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”
MITCHELL: “Now, ‘back in chains,’ I guess is what the Romney campaign is now objecting to strongly, saying it’s a new low, it’s a suggestion that is not acceptable political discourse. President Obama should tell the American people that – This is from Andrea Saul, one of your counterparts – whether he agrees with Joe Biden’s comments.”
OBAMA SPOKESMODEL STEPHANIE CUTTER: “Well I think he probably agrees with Joe Biden’s sentiments. I mean he’s using a metaphor —
MITCHELL: “Sentiments is different from comments…”
CUTTER: “Look, I appreciate the faux outrage from the Romney campaign. If you want to talk about the use of words, then take a look at Mitt Romney’s stump speech where he basically calls the President un-American. So does Andrea Saul agree with that language?”
Andrea Saul appears to be living rent-free in Stephanie Cutter’s head, where there is no doubt plenty of space. Good to know.
MITCHELL: “Without defending that or criticizing that, let’s get back to the question of when you said the president agrees with the sentiments, are you saying that the vice president went too far –“
CUTTER: “No, I’m not”.
MITCHELL: “–and that the president does not agree with the words that he used?”
CUTTER: “If you look at the entire context of what the Vice President was talking about, he was making a point that if we repeal Wall Street reform which is what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to do, we’re going to go back to the days where they’re writing their own rules, and we saw what happened. Taxpayers had to bail them out. We had to spend billions of dollars of taxpayer dollars bailing them out. Now I would think that that, you know, that is a problem for middle class taxpayers. That would hamper their ability to take care of their own finances.”
MITCHELL: “The bottom line that the President agrees with Joe Biden’s sentiments but not his comments?”
CUTTER: “The bottom line is that we have no problem with those comments.”
The bottom line is, the Obama camp is perfectly fine with telling people who never were in chains, the Civil War having settled that question long before anyone living was actually alive, that a Republican — a man of the party that was founded to end slavery — would put them “back in chains.”
I can’t wait to see how the Obama campaign tops this accusation in a week or two. Will they accuse him of creating AIDS in a secret Mormon lab, or will they accuse him plotting to destroy the Moon to flood heathen California?
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