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Biden on gaffes: I may get some details wrong but not details like locking migrant children up in cages

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Via Becket Adams, I regret to inform poor Joe that he has this very important detail wrong too.

—“Speechless. This is not who we are as a nation.” — Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, former Los Angeles mayor now running for governor, referring in a tweet Sunday to photos showing young-looking immigrants in steel cages

THE FACTS: The photos, taken by The Associated Press, were from 2014, during the Obama administration, but were presented by liberal activists as if they showed the effects of Trump’s immigration policy now. Villaraigosa, Favreau and some others deleted their tweets when the mistake was pointed out.

They had linked to a June 2014 online story by The Arizona Republic titled “First peek: Immigrant children flood detention center.” The story featured photos taken by AP’s Ross D. Franklin at a center run by the Customs and Border Protection Agency in Nogales, Arizona. One photo shows two unidentified female detainees sleeping in a holding cell. The caption refers to U.S. efforts to process 47,000 unaccompanied children at the Nogales center and another one in Brownsville, Texas.

Remember last year when lefties spent a few angry hours one afternoon posting photos of young immigrant kids lying face-down behind a chain-link fence, looking to all the world as if they’d been housed in a large kennel? That effort quickly petered out after outlets like the AP reminded them that the photos were taken in 2014. How Biden’s team could have missed that episode and sent him out onto Colbert’s show to insist that the Obama administration never put kids in cages, knowing that Republicans are already paying close attention to Democratic hypocrisy on this issue, is mind-boggling. It makes you wonder if he botched what he was supposed to say: He would have been on firm ground if he’d said “at least our administration didn’t separate immigrant families.” It was unaccompanied minors who ended up kenneled by the Obama team, not kids who arrived here with an adult.

He walked right into another gaffe, this one much more substantive than the usual “Biden forgets the name of the guy whom he ran with in 2008” stuff. Why?

Next thing you know, he’ll be telling people that he opposed the Iraq war from the beginning.

He absolutely did not oppose the war from the beginning and it’s freakishly stupid for him to insist that he did. Democrats proved three years ago that they’re willing to forgive a would-be nominee who voted for war in Iraq. The issue has less salience in this year’s race than it did in 2016 or, of course, 2008. All Biden had to do was follow Hillary’s lead — “I was misled by Bush about Saddam’s WMD, I’m deeply sorry, I’d do it differently if I could do it again.” The one sure way to put Iraq back on Democratic voters’ radar is to try to whitewash history on it. Which is exactly what he did a few days ago in an interview with NPR.

Again, why? Does he honestly not remember the positions that he and, later, the Obama administration took on certain major policies? That’s more alarming than the idea of Biden simply lying to try to cover his tracks.

In lieu of an exit question, enjoy Adams’s long list of media outlets that failed to fact-check Biden on locking up migrant children in their write-ups of his Colbert interview. I’m giving you the whole clip here because it’s fun watching Colbert grapple with the awkward role he’s in with Biden as a guest. He doesn’t want to hit him hard lest he damage the party’s most likely nominee (for now, at least) but he also has to come after him to placate the progressives in his audience who want Biden cleared aside for Bernie or Elizabeth Warren. Usually a big-name Democrat on Colbert’s show is a pure ally. Not quite here, and it shows.

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How damaging are Biden’s gaffes?

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Pretty damaging, I think. Not now, maybe, but an outlet as mainstream and Democrat-friendly as CNN has already noticed the pace at which they’re happening, as you’ll see below. Imagine Iowans going to caucus six months from now having digested three new Biden mistakes per week every week since summer. How many undecideds will want to roll the dice on grandpa for a grueling general election campaign instead of the much sharper Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris?

The first and third errors there are self-explanatory. The middle one about Parkland is a chronological error: He wasn’t vice president when the Stoneman Douglas shooting happened.

“Note to Biden Backers: A Senescent Gaffe Machine Might Not Be the Safest Bet,” writes Eric Levitz today at New York mag:

Thus far, Biden’s Democratic rivals have been too polite to make an issue of the candidate’s increasingly conspicuous senescence. But some of his allies have been more forward; in interviews with the New York Times last month, “some of Mr. Biden’s own donors” evinced “significant unease about Mr. Biden’s ability to be a reliably crisp and effective messenger against Mr. Trump.

”Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has already demonstrated that it can and will work to disqualify Biden, one gaffe at a time. The most widely shared clip of Biden’s “poor kids” slip-up on progressive Twitter Thursday night was packaged by the president’s official rapid-response director. On Saturday, Trump himself called out Biden’s “truth over facts” flub…

None of [the other] candidates inspire euphemistic whispers about whether they’ve “lost a step.”

It is true, as David Axelrod noted a few days ago, that putting his foot in his mouth isn’t a habit Biden acquired in old age. His best defense to whispers about senility would be to note, accurately, that he’s been saying dumb sh*t for decades. But it’s also true that, a la 2016, Democrats might be on the brink of nominating someone uniquely ill-equipped to prosecute the case against Trump. Trump ran on a populist “drain the swamp” message in 2016, to which Dem voters responded by nominating … one of the swampiest, most unpopular figures in their party. Biden’s long track record in Washington would give Trump’s populist message some renewed vitality, allowing a sitting president to potentially run as an “outsider” a second time, but more importantly the concerns about his age would help neutralize voters’ concerns about Trump’s own fitness for office. It should be easy to run against a guy who amplifies something like this after a federal prisoner dies in the custody of his own Justice Department, as Trump did by retweeting it on Saturday afternoon…

…but if Trump gets through four years with a strong economy and without starting any wars, lots of voters will rationalize the tweets by telling themselves they’re just a sort of harmless release valve for him where he can indulge his inner crank without hurting anyone. Meanwhile, Team Trump will magnify every errant word out of Biden’s mouth in order to redirect attacks on Trump’s fitness back at Democrats: “You say our guy’s a mental defective? *Your* guy’s the real mental defective.” Righties already ran a variation of that strategy in 2016, in fact, by cutting and circulating viral clips every time Hillary had a coughing fit. The Trump approach then and now isn’t so much to sell the electorate on his strengths as to present him as the lesser of two evils to swing voters, no less fit for office — physically and morally — than the competition.

Biden could end up making that easy for them. One truly bad gaffe in a big spot next year that can’t easily be explained away as a simple verbal flub might raise enough doubts in voters’ minds as to tilt undecideds towards Trump. “We survived four years with him in charge, we can survive eight. The other guy seems not to know where he is anymore.”

All of which explains why Biden’s Democratic opponents will inevitably start raising this as an issue this fall, however much they may have to talk around the subject of his age. One candidate already did so at the first debate, in fact, and ironically he’s the one candidate who’s since dropped out of the race.

The two pillars of Biden’s campaign are his support among black voters as Obama’s VP and his perceived electability, a metric in which he continues to utterly crush the field in polling. Kamala Harris tried to knock down the first pillar in the first debate by attacking Biden on busing and succeeded in getting some of those black voters to waver for awhile, but at last check they were back on Team Joe. The obvious move now is to try to knock down the second pillar, and one equally obvious way to do it is to suggest that Biden doesn’t have the, ahem, “stamina” to endure 15 more months on the trail, especially against an opponent as nasty as Trump. Dem voters prefer him right now because they know that he’s polling better against POTUS than anyone else. Seed some doubt in their minds about whether that trend would hold after 100 more gaffes that call Biden’s mental acuity into question and they’ll start to soften up.

I’ll leave you with this:

One aunt said something my mother said to me nearly a year ago. That it’s going to take a white man to straighten out the mess we’re in. “The way the system is set up now, there is so much racism that it’s going to have to be an old white person to go after an old white person,” my aunt told me. “Old-school against old-school.” She talked further about what this meant for younger candidates such as Buttigieg. “The whole world is in a crazy state, and somebody’s gotta put it back in order. And I think a lot of the young people who want to put it back in order, want to change it completely,” she continued. “But first, you’ve got to put it back in order before you can start changing it.”

Which way does that cut? Is an experienced old white guy still the best bet for Dem voters even if he’s “lost a step,” or does the perception that he’s lost a step start to shake Dems’ faith in Biden’s ability put the world “back in order”?

Update: No sooner did I finish this post than this clip (from CNN again) began making the rounds. Harris isn’t ready to accuse Grandpa Joe of having lost a step. Yet.

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Joe Biden’s awful week of gaffes: “Look I misspoke”

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Joe Biden did not have a good week by any measure if his gaffes are any indication. The gaffes covered a range of territory from Creepy Uncle Joe moments to Crazy Ole Joe did it again. It is not unrealistic to wait for another gaffe to come from his mouth today. Biden has a very long history of being a gaffe machine.

Are you not entertained? Between wild conspiracy stories after the alleged suicide of Jeffery Epstein Saturday and listening to the Democrats running for president call President Trump a racist, a white supremacist, and the mastermind of a reign of terror against brown people, it is saying something that Joe Biden’s gaffes still cut through the chatter. They do, though, and I’m loving it. I know that the left wants the myth of the lovability of Biden to carry forth, possibly leading to his nomination to be the Democrat presidential candidate, but the truth is, I’ve never thought the man was anything other than a career politician who was consistently wrong – especially on foreign policy – throughout his very long career. There is no warm and fuzzy feeling in my heart for him.

So, Saturday Biden had to admit he “misspoke” while delivering a racial slur against poor kids Thursday. He was speaking to a group of Asian and Hispanic voters that day and said that ‘poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.’ The implication was Biden said that no white kids are poor. He did quickly try to correct himself but the damage was done. His verbal recovery just sounded like a sop to Democrat identity politics. Joe is nothing if not predictable.

‘Look, I look I misspoke. I meant to say wealthy,’ he said Saturday. ‘I’ve said it 15 times. On the spot, I explained it. That very second, I explained it. And so the fact of the matter is that I don’t think anybody thinks that I meant anything other than what I said.’

He paused and then said with a chuckle: ‘Maybe I should stop.’

This “I misspoke” moment happened the same day he confused an actual meeting with Parkland kids as a private citizen with a fictional meeting with them as vice-president. The Parkland school shooting happened on February 14, 2018. Biden left office January 20, 2017. He did travel to Washington, D.C., though to meet with a group of teen anti-gun activists on Capitol Hill on March 23, 2018. Oops. Biden was addressing a crowd of 700 people in Des Moines, Iowa at a forum sponsored by Everytown for Gun Safety Action, Mike Bloomberg’s gun control PAC.

He also said, ‘We choose truth over facts,’ he said, when the line is usually ‘we choose truth over fiction” and promoted himself as President of the United States, according to the Daily Mail.

Friday a female student in Iowa asked Biden about his opinion on gender. He said there are three genders. Then, as she began to walk off, he grabbed her arm and mentioned that he was for gay marriage before other politicians, even Obama.

I’m old enough to remember when his crazy talk about the number of genders wouldn’t have been the lede on this story but the fact that a man grabbed a woman to make a point to her. Remember that incident at Mar-a-Lago in 2016 with the female reporter and the Trump surrogate? Biden even condescendingly called the student “kid”. Man oh, man. At least he didn’t revert to “missy”.

All of this blogging goodness happened within the span of one week. Biden’s Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director and a CNN reporter are playing clean-up on Twitter.

The main problem I see with Joe Biden’s campaign to date is not just his apparent lack of stamina but the tone of it. Biden is unapologetically feeling entitled to becoming the next president and he doesn’t even try to hide that feeling. Remember how well that worked out for Hillary Clinton? He plays this good Joe, bad Joe kind of game on the trail. He’s just good old Joe until someone questions him and then he unveils his “listen, kid” persona. He’s the old guy with all the experience, you know. Respect my authority, to quote South Park.

Joe Biden, in my opinion, will be the Democrat nominee. As long as he coasts through debates while brushing off blindsides from Kamala and Cory Booker, he’ll be ok. He is still showing a healthy lead in the polls and Democrat voters really want to nominate someone they think has a strong shot at beating Trump in 2020. Suburban white women feel comfortable with him when they get nervous about President Trump, as do Independent voters. He’s a known quantity. He can also bring African-American support while the others are struggling to do that. Especially Mayor Pete, who was once thought to be a younger “safe” potential nominee until he began to fade. Buttigieg peaked too early and he has no African-American support.

I’ll end with a final quote from the Daily Mail article. ‘Is that target still on my back?’ Biden joked with reporters Thursday at the Iowa State Fair. The answer is yes. Yes, he’s the front-runner and he’s the one with the target on his back. We’ll see if he has the stamina and desire for the office to hang in there until the end.

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Biden: “Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids”?

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The Old Gaffer finally struck again last night. Joe Biden talked about education policy on the campaign trail in Iowa, trying to make a point about dumbing down schools to achieve equality. That shortchanges poor students, Biden declared, who are “just as bright and talented as white kids.”

That sound you just heard is the rest of the Democratic field licking their chops:

The biggest surprise in Joe Biden’s bid in the 2020 primary campaign is not that he’d say something like this. It’s that it took this long for Biden to stick his foot well and truly into his mouth. Donald Trump’s rapid-response guru gleefully tweeted this out and wished Team Biden “fun mitigating that one,” but they aren’t the only ones who noticed. Bloomberg not only ran with the gaffe but put it in its historical context regarding Biden’s past comments:

“We should challenge students in these schools and have advanced placement programs in these schools,” Biden said. “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.” He quickly added, “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids, no I really mean it, but think how we think about it.”

“We think how we’re going to dumb it down. They can do anything anybody else can do given a shot.”

Biden has been criticized for his tendency to say awkward, sometimes surprising, things. When his future boss, Barack Obama, was running for president, Biden once remarked that Obama was “clean” and “articulate,” a remark that raised eyebrows.

And here’s the Washington Post noting the Return of the Old Gaffer:

“We should challenge students in these schools that have advanced placement programs in these schools,” Biden said. “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”

After a brief pause, he added: “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids, no I really mean it, but think how we think about it.”

His remarks prompted a stir on social media on Thursday night, with many focusing on the equivalence he drew, intentionally or not, between poor children and minority children.

The Daily Beast takes note of all the signs behind Biden that should have tipped him off to be more careful. They also took note of the irony:

Joe Biden raised eyebrows Thursday night after telling a crowd made up mostly of Asian and Hispanic voters that “poor kids are just as bright” as “white kids.” The former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate was speaking at a town hall for the Asian & Latino Coalition PAC in Des Moines, Iowa, when he made the gaffe.

“We should challenge students in these schools and have advanced placement programs in these schools,” the 2020 frontrunner said. “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” …

Biden, who has dubbed himself a “gaffe machine” for his well-documented history with verbal blunders and embarrassing slip-ups, has yet to comment on his remarks, which came just hours after he said President Trump “encourages white supremacists.”

Yes, that will be a bit … awkward. It might be somewhat less awkward for Biden’s Democratic opponents, who have been waiting for a Biden gaffe serious enough to knock him off his front-runner perch in the polls. However, they risk some blowback too if they start attacking Biden as a latent “white supremacist” over this remark, as Biden is generally well liked by Democratic voters, and he might still end up at the top of the ticket anyway. If so, hardball attacks on this gaffe during the primaries will haunt them in the general election. As they say, and as Clark is no doubt preparing, the ads will write themselves.

One interesting aspect of the media coverage on this is how little political cover Biden is getting from reporters. None of the coverage attempts to argue — yet, anyway — that Republicans are “pouncing” on this gaffe. Instead, they point out that Biden had to hastily add the “wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids,” etc after realizing his foot was in his mouth. Well, that’s not entirely true. NBC did trot out the “Republicans pounce” in its sub-headline:

The Trump campaign immediately pounced on the 2020 Democratic candidate’s awkward remark, which he quickly corrected.

But even NBC had to note the real problem Biden created for himself:

The awkward course-correction came just days after Biden excoriated Trump for having a “toxic tongue” that he said has inflamed the nation’s divisions, saying that he lacked the moral authority to lead America.

Biden might be fortunate in that the next debate is more than a month away. This might not last as an issue long enough to have it thrown in his face by a 2%er looking to make his/her bones on stage against Biden. But Democrats can’t possibly think this will be a one-off with Joe “Indian accent” Biden, can they?

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Cartoon: How Long Can Biden Avoid the Jaws of Social Media Death?

How long can Biden avoid the Jaws of Social Media Death?

The latest from Redstate cartoonist TobyToons.

 

 

 

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Biden’s Campaign Wraps him in Bubble Wrap

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Joe Biden has been very quiet the last week or so. That’s apparently on purpose as former Obama lackey David Axelrod says Biden’s staff have decided to place him in a “candidate protection program.” While it sounds like he’s an alcoholic being admitted to rehab, it’s actually a plan to shut him up, keep him from looking old, and stop him from committing gaffes.

The Washington Examiner has the report.

Former President Barack Obama’s chief campaign strategist David Axelrod said that Joe Biden’s campaign seems to be trying to protect him from making gaffes or appearing to be too old for the presidency.

Axelrod told the New York Times that he thought the campaign’s strategy of insulating Biden from the press and holding back the famously garrulous former vice president from making any controversial remarks has worked so far, but said the campaign will have to pivot to allow him to be “more venturesome” with his remarks and appearance.

Biden has already gotten in trouble with his treatment of the press. Not by the press themselves of course as they enjoy being battered around by liberals, but right leaning sources did point out that Biden’s behavior would be headline news if a Republican had shoved reporters away.

Axelrod goes on to say that Biden’s campaign is trying to help him avoid fatigue.

“I think they’ve been really, really adroit in the early going,” Axelrod said. “Clearly, they’re trying to do enough to show the flag but not so much that it exposes him to either mistakes or fatigue. But the pace is going to quicken as the race goes on and you can’t keep him in candidate protection program.”

“One of the tests for a guy who’s 76 years old is, ‘Can he handle this?’” Axelrod said, of Biden needing to be more out in the open and visible on the campaign trail.

I noted this several weeks ago during Biden’s official launch speech. He was stumbling and slurring his words and it was only the first day. What’s he going to look like a year from now?

This is Biden’s chief disadvantage against Trump. The President is a machine when it comes to campaigning. He can do rally after rally and he only seems to get more energized. Meanwhile, Biden has essentially went into hiding and it’s only been two weeks. At this rate, he’ll be drooling and needing a walker by the time the summer 2020 campaign season heats up.

As Hillary showed, I don’t think you can hide forever. The former 2016 candidate clearly broke down midway through the general election campaign, collapsing and then cutting her public appearances way back. This likely contributed to her not even visiting Wisconsin, a key state she should would later lose.

Biden is going to have to get out of the witness protection program and start barnstorming soon. If he doesn’t, he won’t even win the Democratic primary. It’s a double edged sword though, as when he does hit the ground running he’s going to look old and commit plenty of gaffes because that’s who he is. As to their current plan, we’ll see if wrapping him in bubble wrap will work out for his handlers.

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