Politics: Biden's speech: Running commentary

Published by: Dan Calabrese on Friday September 7th, 2012

Dan Calabrese

By DAN CALABRESE - This should be good.

- So far it's not bad. Meaningless rot for the most part, but not bad. Surely they've got him trained tonight not to ad lib. Biden is not that bad a speaker when he stays on script.

- Isn't it a little weird that he keeps referring to him as Barack? And did Obama's mother really have to "fight with her insurance company" when she was in the hospital? That sounds like a story someone should check out.

- Again with the claim that Obama never asks how a policy will affect him politically. Right. He never asks Biden. He asks Axelrod when Biden's not in the room.

- "We've created 4.5 million private sector jobs in the past 29 months." Which is not enough to keep up with the growth in the labor force. It sounds like a lot. It's a big-sounding number. But it's not.

- On the auto bailouts: "If we didn't act immediately, there would be no industry left to save." Not true. The industry would be smaller and almost certainly more profitable. Capacity that had value would have been bought and put back into use - possibly by transplants, but put back into use nonetheless. Obama acted to bail out the UAW.

- Romney "was willing to let Detroit go bankrupt." Um, Joe, Detroit did go bankrupt, under you guys. Romney wanted a real bankruptcy that would have forced serious reform and restructuring. Obama wanted a Chapter 363 bankruptcy that would hold the UAW harmless while screwing the bondholders, and would ultimately cost taxpayers $28 billion that Obama now admits we will never get back. Everyone would have been better off if the bankruptcy had been the type Romney recommended. Does Biden really think people are so stupid as to equate bankruptcy with "giving up"?

- Biden sure seems to believe the decision to kill bin Laden was deeply brilliant - like it took some sort of genius to understand it was the thing to do.

- Again, Biden implies that Romney would not have given the order, based on a 2007 quote when Romney said, "It's not worth moving heaven and earth to get one person." That referred to the prospect of doing it in a way that would, say, destablize or topple a fragile government. He certainly did not say that bin Laden shouldn't be killed, and Biden knows that. Biden is so full of crap.

- Oh goody. There's the slogan. "Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive." Way to compile two bragging points in four years in office.

- Mediscare! "They're not for preserving Medicare at all! They're for a new plan! It's called VoucherCare!" Um, Medicare is on the road to insolvency. It's unsustainable in its current form. I don't know why Democrats think "voucher" is such a scary word. It's actually premium support for seniors to choose from different private insurance options. Why won't Democrats accept anything but a program in which the government pays the bills?

- "Gov. Romney looks at equal pay in terms of the company's bottom line." Right. Because giving no thought to the bottom line, which is Obama's way of doing things, works so much better.

- "There's one more thing our Republican opponents are wrong about. America is not in decline. Gov. Romney and Congressman Ryan, it's never been a good thing to bet against the American people." Dude. It's not the American people they're betting against. It's the political class, which is spending us into oblivion.

- "A future where we promote the private sector, not the privileged sector." If you can figure out what that means, explain it to me.

- "We now find ourselves at the hinge of history. And the direction we turn is not figuratively, it's literally in your hands." What?

Sigh. I miss Dick Cheney.