What Biden says in the video: "The fact of the matter is, the only thing succeeding in Iraq right now is the plan that Barack and I talked about that Petraeus is implementing … giving local control in the very areas with a limited central government."
What Biden said in 2006: "I will not to support a surge of troops unless it's tied to some reason for me to believe that they have a political solution," and any proposal to send about 30,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq should only follow a political solution that will end sectarian violence and civil unrest.
No safe harbor here. Sen. Biden, you were against the surge back in 2006. I was, too. Difference is, I've got the stones to say, "Nope, I was wrong, it worked. And I'm glad it did." You, on the other hand, are now trying to take credit for the success of a policy which you opposed. Pants on fire.
Or maybe we haven't heard a lot from Ol' Joe because of stuff like this:
(State Senator Chuck Graham is confined to a wheelchair.)
Or maybe it was this recent remark:
And let's not forget all of these:
That last one does include a replay of Nominee Biden asking the state politician in the wheelchair to stand up.
And if Dan Quayle had said this, we'd have been all over him like a Latin American potato:
But Joe Biden is not Dan Quayle. He's a Democratic. That means he gets a pass because the media myth is that it's Republicans who say dumb things and Democrats who say smart things. Even the Associated Press has been forced to concede that media coverage has been biased in favor of the Obama campaign. But this is demonstrably not the case -- every politician says dumb things.
It's not that Joe Biden is dumb. Far from it. But he is arrogant (which is kind of to be expected) and he sometimes puts his mouth in gear before his brain is out of idle. And Obama and his people had to have known that about him before they picked him to be the running mate.
Now, at this point, the Obama campaign needs to, above all, NOT F--- THIS THING UP. Which means, among other things, muzzling the running mate so that more stuff like this doesn't happen.
Here's the ideal victory speech for Joe Biden as far as the Obama campaign is concerned:
"America, thank you very much. Now, it's my privilege to welcome to the stage our next President, Barack Obama."
Nineteen words. And if Biden never says another word in public for the next four years, they'll be pretty stoked about that. If I were on Team Obama, I'd be hidin' Biden too.