Originally posted at American Thinker blog
The reason Joe Robinette Biden is sort of endearing is because whenever he tries too hard to relate to the little people, he always tells the unvarnished truth. One Biden supporter, described Joe BidenÂ this wayÂ “He’s honest, he’s forthright and he says what’s on his mind.”Â That’s for sure.
It was atÂ a rallyÂ in Charlotte, North Carolina where Joe Biden warned voters that if elected, out-of-touch MittÂ Richie RichÂ Romney would raiseÂ taxesÂ on the middle class.Â Biden’s referenceÂ toÂ tax cutsÂ for the richÂ drew jeersÂ from the crowd, but in classic Joe Biden style, the Vice President told the hecklers to “stop all the malarkey.”
Then “deadly earnest” Joe explained how higherÂ taxesÂ would be devastating for the middle class after being “buried” for four years under Barack Obama’s economy.
The logic behind thatÂ astonishing statementÂ goes something like this:Â Obama has “buried” the middle class for four years. So, vote for Barack Obama a second time because being “buried” for eight years is a whole lot better than fixing the economy and putting America back to work.
Prior to making his main point, an animated Joe, pleading man-to-man, emphasized the seriousness of the situation when he said, “This is deadly earnest, man. This is deadly earnest.”
Capturing the attention of 1,000 supporters, Biden, who seems to love saying everything twice or more, asked: “How they can justify, how they can justify raisingÂ taxesÂ on the middle class that has been buried the last four years – how in Lord’s name can they justify raising theirÂ taxesÂ with theseÂ tax cuts?”
Even if it were true that Romney planned toÂ raise taxes, which it is not, after being buried by Mount Vesuvius it’s highly unlikely the citizens of Pompeii would grumble about a tax hike.
Therefore, a better question for Joe to have had asked would have been:Â “Hey man, the largestÂ tax increaseÂ in history is about to knock out what’s left of the middle-class, why in ‘Lord’s name’ was I sent out here to criticize Mitt Romney?”
Kirsten Kukowski, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, and Romney/Ryan campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg were quick to agree with Mr. Biden’s unabashed truthfulness.Â Amanda said:
Vice President Biden made a stunning admission today and we couldn’t agree more: the middle class has been ‘buried’ under the last four years of this President’s policies. Under President Obama, the middle class has suffered from crushing unemployment, rising prices and falling incomes. They can’t afford to be ‘buried’ for four more years.
In response, a Biden spokesperson was immediately sent out to translate JoeSpeak into English.Â The aide explained that what the Vice President was really trying to convey was that regular Americans suffered because of – you guessed it – President George W. Bush’s failed economic policies.
Yet, despite another in a long list of gaffes, there is one redeeming factor for Joe in all of this — a “queasy stomach.” Biden’s plane aborted an attempted landing in North Carolina and nausea may turn out to be the perfect excuse for Mr. Biden’s forthright rectitude.
In the end, what Gotta’ Love Him Joe apparently didn’t realize was that his “the middle class has been buried the last four years” comment provided priceless debate ammunition for Romney.Â Therefore, if Obama chooses to relegate “deadly earnest” Biden to a long overdue timeout, maybe Republicans can convince Joe to spend that down time starring in an upcoming Romney/Ryan campaign ad.