Want an excuse for losing an election? Just Ask Joe

by Datechguy | August 19th, 2012

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Want an excuse for losing an election? Just Ask Joe

The Mas­ter: Oh.…! Now I can say I was provoked

Dr. Who: Utopia 2007

Today at Pow­er­line Paul Miren­goff sug­gest Biden’s remarks were not a gaffe.

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:

Why?

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…

That’s where Joe Biden comes in.

I have been really sur­prised at the degree the left has gone after Biden, gen­er­ally being on the left means never hav­ing to say you’re sorry, but we’ve reached the point where even the Boston Globe is call­ing for Biden to apologize.

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.

Update: Shades of Pee Wee Her­man “I meant to do that

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:

For some rea­son expe­ri­enced reporter Stacy McCain is not con­vinced:

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.

He then gives some excel­lent advice that you might have heard before

Update 2:
For those of you too young to remem­ber here is the video

The Master: Oh….! Now I can say I was provoked

Dr. Who: Utopia 2007

Today at Powerline Paul Mirengoff suggest Biden’s remarks were not a gaffe.

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:

Why?

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…

That’s where Joe Biden comes in.

I have been really surprised at the degree the left has gone after Biden, generally being on the left means never having to say you’re sorry, but we’ve reached the point where even the Boston Globe is calling for Biden to apologize.

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.

Update: Shades of Pee Wee Herman “I meant to do that

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:

For some reason experienced reporter Stacy McCain is not convinced:

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.

He then gives some excellent advice that you might have heard before

Update 2:
For those of you too young to remember here is the video

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