Thursday, August 12, 2010

“I knew Dan Quayle and, sir, you’re no Dan Quayle”

What’s the matter with Joe Biden? Traditionally, presidents are supposed to be statesmen – staying above the political fray – and vice presidents assume the role of political attack dogs during election seasons. Yet our gaffe-prone grandiloquent veep, Mr. Biden, has been uncharacteristically silent about the harmful and hateful rhetoric that is being spewed by the mainstream Republicans.

From Spiro Agnew’s describing Democrats as “nattering nabobs of negativism” to Dick Cheney’s visceral and bombastic hatred of everything Democratic (even after he left office), vice presidents have been the yang to the president’s yin.

With such an opportunity-rich environment of Sharron Angle, Rand Paul, Michele Bachmann, Glen Beck, and the other crazies, why has Joe Biden been silent? I can understand President Obama’s reticence in going after these lunatics, but has the president also muzzled Amtrak Joe?

In today’s age of 24/7 news cycles and right-wing hate radio, the Democrats need to be more effective in countering Republican Tea Party sound bites. And no one is better positioned or better experienced than Joe Biden to lead the charge. C’mon Joe – emulate your former colleague, the late Senator and VP candidate Lloyd Bentsen. Don’t wimp out on us now!

1 comment:

  1. Send Joe Biden into battle? There is a reason Sheriff Andy Taylor only gave Barney Fife one bullet.