Democrats concerned about Joe Biden’s age should know that he’s operating like a well-oiled machine. Unfortunately, it’s a gaffe machine, which was his nickname, and now that he’s back in the public eye, he’s reminding us why.
To be fair, unlike partisan media, I don’t read a lot of meaning into simple slips of the tongue. As someone who has to speak in front of crowds and cameras a lot, I know that when you’re tired or distracted, sometimes the wrong word slips out. It’s just a simple human failing, so I’ve never clobbered Democrats over it. But when Trump was speaking of Dayton and accidentally said, “Toledo,” Holy Toledo! The media went ballistic over it! They gave it so much attention, you might not even have heard that Biden made reference to “the tragic events in Houston today, and also in Michigan the day before.” It was El Paso, not Houston; Dayton, Ohio, not Michigan; and the Texas shooting happened first.
Next, Biden visited the Iowa State Fair (in Iowa, not Michigan), where he declared that Democrats “choose science over fiction. We choose truth over facts.” Considering it’s a true scientific fact that life begins at conception, he was wrong on both counts.
But it’s his latest gaffe (that’s right: three in less than a week, which might be a record even for Joe) that could cause real damage to his campaign. The others might be excused as simple slips of the tongue or brain glitches, but this one, well… (And in reading it, remember, this is the same guy who just branded Trump as a white supremacist by misquoting what he said about people who want to preserve Confederate monuments, then doubled down when a reporter in Iowa confronted him with the accurate quote.)
Speaking at an Asian and Latino Coalition townhall on education in Des Moines (Iowa), Biden said this: “We should challenge students in these schools and have advanced placement programs in these schools. We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
Recognizing that he'd landed in rhetorical quicksand, Biden tried to backtrack but only dug himself in deeper: “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids. No, I really mean it.”
I’d like you to stop for just a moment and imagine the media reaction if Trump had said that. Are you picturing an atomic bomb blast? Me, too.
Most “2019” Headline Ever:
“Facebook Denies Shadow Banning; Receives Patent for Shadow Banning”
Wednesday night brought to TV one of the oddest couples since the days when Tony Randall and Jack Klugman were actually playing “The Odd Couple.” New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio came into the Fox News studios to be interviewed by Sean Hannity.
It was a testament to how Fox lives up to its “fair and balanced” name by inviting people from the left on and giving them a forum, if they’re willing to face tough but fair questions about their policies. They won’t get the kind of tongue baths and powder puffs they get on other news networks, but they’ll get treated with respect.
As to why he did this, maybe it’s because people actually watch Fox News, and judging from the latest Siena College poll, being on CNN or MSNBC is definitely not cutting it. In that poll, DeBlasio is pulling zero percent support. It’s the same in the Quinnipiac poll, but to put a positive spin on it, he’s now neck-and-neck with Kirsten Gillibrand and only two points behind Cory Booker!
For those who might actually care about facts in dealing with the problem of mass shooters, here’s an interesting and very thorough study of the demographics that shows there is no “typical” mass shooter.
Well, a lot of them do have one thing in common: a study of 56 school shooters found that only 10 grew up in a stable home with both biological parents. It’s not surprising in light of another study that found that boys who grow up without fathers fare worse in more than 70 different metrics, including suicide, depression, drinking, drug use, violence, prison time, and yes, mass shootings.
Finally, an excellent piece by David Goldman (“Spengler”) at Townhall.com on how the left has spent decades tearing down all the traditional anchors of society – family, sexuality, respect for life, spirituality, pride in our history – and replaced them with disconnection, alienation, confusion, a rejection of the sanctity of human life, hatred of our ancestors and culture, a belief that life is an arbitrary series of unjust oppressions and a collective in which individuals are meaningless and we’re all just a cross section of our racial and sexual identity group traits. And then, when people brought up in that atmosphere decide that life has no meaning or purpose, and nobody's life matters, and they start killing, we blame the gun. Or Trump, of course.