You all knew already that all the stuff out of the White House about working with Republicans and respecting others’ views was garbage, didn’t you?
I didn’t have to tell you that. I read your comments here. You can spot fraudulence a mile away.
As of this writing, neither Vice President Biden’s referral Monday to Republicans as “barbarians” nor Teamster’s President Jimmy Hoffa’s airing of his view that Republicans are “sons of bitches” have been renounced by the White House.
In fact, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman already declined to rebuke Hoffa – who was the warmup act for President Obama’s Labor Day speech in Detroit – blathering that, “I know you’d like to focus on language — that’s not what the American people are focused on.”
You see, every once in a while, politicians let slip what they really think. Like Obama himself did during the 2010 campaign when he advised Hispanics to go to the polls and “punish” their “enemies.” Those enemies would be Republicans.
The reason neither Biden nor Hoffa has been slapped down is that the White House can’t work up enough outrage to overcome the political obstacles to doing so. Because at some level, Obama and his aides agree with these things.
Any conservative who has ever gotten in an argument with a liberal knows that liberals think conservatives are either evil or that they are idiots. Or, most likely, that they are evil idiots.
Obama and Biden are very typical liberals.
Other Democratic presidents and vice presidents have at least had the decency and sense of respect for the office they held to avoid giving voice to such ugliness. Not this crew.
Here are the quotes. From Hoffa:
President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march…Everybody here’s got a vote…Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.
And from Biden, who spoke at an AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic in Cincinnati:
You are the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gates . . . the other side has declared war on labour’s house . . . You are the only non-governmental power that has the power and the capacity to stop this onslaught.
Sure, Biden was using a figure of speech. But for a vice president even metaphorically equate his opponents to “barbarians” is both disgusting and suggestive of the hatred he really feels.
Hoffa, of course, wasn’t being the least bit subtle in his characterization of the GOP, and even added a menacing call to “take (Republicans) out.” Given that he was part of the Obama Labor Day program, effectively introducing the president, the White House should make clear is does not associate itself with remarks using violent rhetoric to describe Republicans as SOBs.
As noted by ABC’s Political Punch, John McCain in 2008 threw political caution to the wind by dressing down a popular conservative radio talk show host for comments deemed insulting to Obama.
During the 2008 campaign, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., immediately rebuked talk radio host Bill Cunningham when he disparaged then-Senator Obama in his opening remarks at a McCain campaign event. Cunningham had fueled rumors that Obama was Muslim by repeatedly referring to him by his full name “Barack Hussein Obama.”
McCain immediately took responsibility and profusely apologized for Cunningham’s remarks.
But Obama lacks such political courage. The White House should already have risked its relations with the unions by getting someone on TV to respond or prodding Hoffa to dribble out an apology that they could then agree with.
And Biden should at least resume taking whatever medicine he was on that for a time prevented him from saying stupid things.
Because otherwise, the rest of America will know what you and I already understand: That this White House is serious only about ramming its agenda through Congress and getting Obama reelected, not restoring comity to Washington and the nation via hope and change.