Jay Cost has argued that Biden’s remark was not a gaffe, but rather an attempt to rally African-American support for Obama. To be sure, Obama has a stranglehold on that vote. However, Cost shows that, in a close election, he may need to carry it to the same extent he did in 2008. This time around, such an overwhelming majority would require a fired up, angry African-American electorate. Hence, Biden’s inflammatory rhetoric.
To apologize for that rhetoric, or even to walk it back, would amount to a concession that the Republicans don’t actually have it in for African-Americans. That’s not a concession Obama is eager to make.
I concede that the president needs help with his black base but in this case I suspect any voter who would fall for this is already locked in for Obama.
There is however another more important aspect of the Biden quote, something that Democrats don’t dare say aloud but are likely already wargaming.
When facing an unpleasant reality one of the hardest things to do is to face it. People will go to great lengths to avoid doing so.
For a long time I have maintained that Democrats are demoralized as hell, it is clear that the problem for Democrats this cycle is not at the bottom of their ticket, but at the top.
When the left is defeated in the fall, when they lose the White House, and Senate and when the House remains in GOP hands the question will be asked:
They will point to money, they will point to voter ID laws but the they dare not admit aloud the real reason: Barack Obama and his policies.
The left is a hodgepodge of various groups with conflicting positions and goals. If the blame for defeat is put on the first African American president there will be those in the Black community who will not forgive and forget. To a lesser degree Gay groups do NOT want any suggestion that the president’s decision to come out for Gay Marriage might have been a fatal blow…
I’ve really wondered about this until it hit me. This is battlefield prep.
Joe Biden solves many problems, Black American’s didn’t stay home because of President Obama’s failures, or his position on Gay Marriage, it was Joe Biden’s insult. Independents didn’t go to Romney because of the president’s policies it was Joe Biden, the buffoon dragging down the ticket. The House didn’t stay Republican and the Senate didn’t turn because of Tea party efforts and a rejection of Obamacare, it was Joe Biden who provided that drag.
Now don’t get me wrong, we still need to work hard, these guys want to win. They will play some dirty tricks to try to pull this off and of course if Mitt or the GOP somehow makes a mistake of epic proportions the left will do their best to capitalize on it.
But the more sober heads in the room already see the writing on the wall and the message that “Poor old Joe blew it.” will be a lot more palatable to the true believers than anything resembling self-reflection.
However, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are not drawing the crowds they once could. The New York Times reported that the Obama campaign said that it is intentionally limiting crowd size at their events because of security and cost:
If you believe that, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Tinkerbell will show up, backing Axelrod in “Confiscated Guns ‘n’ Subsidized Roses“, and perform their 30-minute blues-rock jam, “In a Gadda da Bushdunnit” as an Obama fundraiser.