Vice President of Smart

In 2008, Americans were wary of a major-ticket vice presidential candidate who seemed to be a bit slow on the uptake. This person was constantly making verbal gaffes, and had been accused of plagiarism in their past. Many Americans feared that a candidate this ignorant was too dangerous to have just a single heartbeat away from the presidency.

Not her

Joe Biden is a gaffe machine, we all know that. During his own run in the Democratic presidential primary in 2008, he said that then-Senator Barack Obama was the “first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Picture Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum saying something like that. Any Republican making such a statement would have been ridden out of the political sphere on a proverbial rail. But Biden? Obama put him on his ticket. Later, Biden explained how President Roosevelt comforted Americans after Black Tuesday by going on TV and speaking directly to the people. (Roosevelt was elected president three years after Black Tuesday, and nobody had TVs back then.) In addition to his command of history and the English language, Biden has shown how good with numbers he is, by pointing out that Obama’s priority is a three letter word: J-O-B-S.

The gaffes continue. Moments after telling a mixed-race crowd in Virginia that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wanted to “put y’all back in chains,” Biden went on to enthusiastically exclaim that they could win North Carolina! Today, he added a new one, wondering why America in the 20th century does not lead the world in automobile production.

Of course politicians have slips of the tongue. Frankly, I enjoy Joe Biden’s vice-presidency – I never know what he is going to say next. But after hearing for four years how ignorant Sarah Palin is, can we drop the double standard and admit that Joe Biden is a bit of a dim bulb?

A Big %@#$@ Deal


“Paul Ryan represents Obama’s most horrifying nightmare: Math.”

If Glenn Reynolds’ analysis is true, then President Obama is looking at a huge defeat this November:

The 2008 Obama campaign was all about hope and change. Obama’s nomination was to mark the end of rising sea levels, his presidency was going to mark the end of racial strife, and he was going to deliver “net spending cuts” and reduce the budget deficit “by half” before the end of his first term.

The Obama administration sold its near trillion dollar “stimulus” plan by claiming that without it, unemployment would reach 9% while with it, unemployment would stay below 8%. Despite the bill, unemployment hit 10% and has, in fact, remained more than 8% for the past 42 months. The “stimulus” money, meanwhile, seems to have vanished into a welter of crony-capitalism deals of which the Solyndra debacle is only the most famous.

President Obama came into office with a lot of big ideas for America. Yet after almost four years, it is clear that Obama has no idea what he is doing. He apparently thought that the economy would recover on its own, despite his policies, and so he was free to use the crisis as an opportunity to push his big-government agenda. As then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said after Obama’s inaugeration, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” I think that Obama’s administration is completely flummoxed by the lack of economic growth over the past four years. Newly-minted vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan put it well today: “If President Obama’s economic policies of borrowing, taxing, and spending worked, we would be entering a golden age along with Greece.”

Paul Ryan represents a real threat to President Obama’s reelection strategy, which is apparently to ignore his broken promises and record of failure and instead demonize Mitt Romney as an outsourcing, job-killing, one-percenter felon who wants to take America back to the Dark Ages. Instead, Romney and Ryan have an opportunity to demonstrate to America that, unlike the current president, they actually know how an economy works. Congressman Ryan first came into the national spotlight nearly three years ago when he took point on Republican opposition to the president’s healthcare bill:

I have been watching Congressman Ryan for a while. He is a good man, with a great family and strong convictions. Even when I do not agree with him on a policy decision, he has the ability to explain concisely why he voted the way he did. Libertarians will say that his budget did not go far enough in cutting spending, but I say that it did the job of starting the conversation about our unsustainable future. By putting him on the presidential ticket, Mitt Romney shows that he is at least serious about having that conversation. And that is why President Obama will be a one-term president.

*Title courtesy of the great IowaHawk.

Bill Whittle on why we should vote Obama

Professor Ilya Somin on political ignorance

Kim Jong Obama

Via Instapundit & The Dignified Rant, the North Korean gold medalist in weightlifting:

“I am very happy and give thanks to our Great Leader for giving me the strength to lift this weight. I believe Kim Jong Il gave me the record and all my achievements. It is all because of him,” Om said.

Sure, it is reductio ad absurdum, but if you want a good idea what the end result of leftist, collectivist ideology is, take a look at the workers’ paradise that is the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.