Thursday, 06 October 2011


Ken Berwitz

Due to the frequency with which he makes inexplicably strange, often bizarre statements, I often title blogs about Vice President Biden  "Jackass Joe Strikes Again".

I suppose I could do it here too.  But this one is so strange and so bizarre that I'm not sure how to properly characterize it.

Below is a video, and transcript, of David Gregory asking Vice President Biden whether Republicans are strong enough to beat President Obama in 2012, and Mr. Biden's answer.  Are you ready?  Ok, here we go......



David Gregory:  Is it strong enough of a Republican Party for its nominee to beat this president?


Joe Biden:  Oh absolutely, absolutely. Its strong enough to beat both of us, its strong enough, look, look, no matter what the circumstance, at the end of the day, the American people right now are, many of them are in real trouble, an even larger percentage have stagnant wages and a significant majority of the American people believe that the country is not moving in the right direction. That is never a good place to be going into reelection whether its your fault or not your fault.  Its almost sometimes irrelevant. But what Im counting on, Im counting on, what I read out there, this judgment of the American people to decide, they know the hole were in, they know how far weve come out, theyre dissatisfied how fast were going, and theyre going to have to choose whether or not the path we have set the country on is the path that we should continue to go, or we should go back to liberating the economy in the terms of

Huh?  Wha?

Is that response strange and bizarre, or what?

The first 90% of Vice President Biden's statement is a remarkably candid, very accurate, assessment of how vulnerable the Obama team is in 2012.  If he had stopped there, I would have been awestruck, and enthusiastically applauding his singularly straightforward response.

But then, right at the end - incredibly -Biden paints himself into a rhetorical dead end alley, and actually turns it into a statement any Republican would use against the Obama-Biden ticket:

...theyre going to have to choose whether or not the path we have set the country on is the path that we should continue to go, or we should go back to liberating the economy in the terms of

Listen to him say it, then read it again.  Am I wrong?  Or is Joe Biden is literally suggesting that the people can either choose the path he and President Obama have put us on, or dump it and, in so doing, liberate the economy?

Evidently, at this point Biden comes to the horrific realization that his statement is against, rather than for, his own administration.  And he suddenly tails off, not knowing how to get out of it.  There are a couple of seconds of uncomfortable silence, and then David Gregory bails him out by starting to ask another question.

Man oh man.  If you are looking for strange and bizarre, you have definitely come to the right place.

I wonder what the President will have to say about this - other then burying his face in his hands and wondering how he can hide VP Joe in an attic somewhere until after next election day.

Zeke ..... ..... The nation's First Jackass, Lil Joey Biden, is just one heartbeat from the Presidency ..... <shudder> ...... ...... (10/06/11)


Ken Berwitz

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is terrified that voters will (gasp!) actually have to prove they are who they say they are before casting their ballots. 

But there is a problem:  Every poll seems to show that a majority of people - including a majority of Democrats, by the way - support voter ID laws.

What to do, what to do.......

Hey, here's an idea.  Don't make any reference to Voter ID laws at all, just talk abstractly about "voter suppression".  Yeah, that's the ticket.  Maybe there are people out there so gullible that this will con them into supporting something they don't believe in. 

With that in mind, here is the latest DSCC email, out just this morning:



The New York Times just reported on a brand new study on Republican voter suppression tactics, and its findings are worse than any of us could have imagined.
According to the report, 5 MILLION voters more than decided the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections could be affected by this coordinated GOP effort to skew the 2012 elections. Not surprisingly, the suppression effort specifically targets traditionally Democratic voters. The road to the Senate and the White House runs right through the affected states Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Nevada, Virginia even California.
The GOP strategy is simple: Suppress the vote, win the election. The loss of these votes would be more than enough to lose the Senate and the White House. If Republicans succeed, they will get just what theyre seeking complete and total control of Washington.
Thats why were launching the 2012 Election Protection Project, and we need you to stand with us. 150,000 signatures will send a strong message to Republicans that we will not allow them to suppress the vote and manipulate their way to victory. No way, no how.
Were leading the effort to prevent this attempt to change the outcome of the 2012 elections. In Florida, the DSCC formally requested that the Department of Justice do what it could to stop this. Were also keeping these developments in mind as we build our campaign strategy. The GOPs efforts will make our voter outreach more important, and more expensive, in 2012 than ever before.
The truth is, were David in this fight against Goliath. The Koch Brothers and their corporate allies bankroll the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC the powerful organization that has pushed these voter-suppression measures.
You can bet that when we push back against these voter-suppression tactics, the retaliation will be fierce.
Thats why we need you to join the 2012 Election Protection Project. Republicans need to know that theyre not going to get away with changing election outcomes by preventing poor voters, young voters and African Americans from casting ballots.
As always, thanks for adding your name and for standing with us. Well keep you updated as news develops.
Guy Cecil

As you can see, at no time, in no way, is the term "Voter ID used in this mailing.  Nor is there any explanation of why a voter ID would prevent  "poor voters, young voters and African Amercans" from voting.  How could there be, since the claim is a hot steamy load of BS?

As for that "brand new study on Republican voter suppression tactics", here is what Mr. Cecil and the DSCC are talking about:

Voter Suppression Efforts Could Impact 5 Million

Tuesday, 04 October 2011 16:11


A new report released Sunday found that over five million voters most of them black, young or elderly - could be denied the right to vote next year under new laws considered or adopted in dozens of states, laws that opponents charge are deliberate Republican attempts at voter suppression.

The study by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York Universitys Law School revealed that at least 34 states introduced legislation that would require voters to show photo identification in order to vote; at least 12 states introduced bills to require proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, to register or vote; at least 13 states introduced bills to end same-day voter registration or restrict voter registration drives; at least nine states had bills to reduce early and absentee voting periods; and two states reversed executive orders that made it easier for convicted felons to have their voting rights restored.

This is the most significant cutback in voting rights in decades. More voters may be affected than the margin of victory in two out of the past three presidential elections, said Michael Waldman, the Centers executive director. In 2012 we should make it easier for every eligible citizen to vote. Instead, we have made it far harder for too many. Partisans should not try to tilt the electoral playing field in this way.

Yep, it's Voter ID again - the legislation that everyone except the hard left and Democrat Party operatives seems to be against. 

By the way - major belly-laugh opportunity here -The Brennan Center for Justice touts itself as "nonpartisan".  In reality, it is about as nonpartisan as Guy Cecil's email.

Here are three good rules for living: 

-Never eat at a Chinese restaurant with a name like "Yum Yum" or "King Value" - the food is going to be lousy. 

-Never buy a $10 Rolex from a guy on Canal Street in lower Manhattan, expecting that it is real and just "fell off the truck" - it is a phony that, if you are lucky, might be worth something close to the $10 you spent. 

-And never believe that any organization with the term "Social Justice" in its name is nonpartisan - invariably it will be either a left wing activist group or in sympathy with such groups.

Let's talk plain.  The only reason for requiring valid voter IDs is to insure that only legal voters cast ballots.  And the only reason for opposing valid voter IDs is to allow illegal voters to cast ballots. 

Now why do you suppose Democrats are so hot to make it easier for illegal ballots to be cast? 

I'll leave that to your imagination.

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