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October 21, 2008
Biden Shuffled off to the sidelines after gaffe
Two weeks before the election and the Democratic candidate for Vice President has no public events scheduled. None. Zero. Zilch.
It couldn't be because of what Biden said on Sunday in Seattle about Obama's inexperience being tested by a deliberate crisis fomented by one of our enemies? Or was it that Biden warned Obama's response would be so weak it was up to the good little liberals of Seattle to support him anyway?
Bill Kristol dissects Biden's inadvertent flash of honesty:
So Biden expects a test of the kind Kennedy faced after his disastrous meeting with Khrushchev in Vienna in June, 1961, less than five months into Kennedy's presidency. Biden's presumably thinking of the Soviet-backed construction of the Berlin Wall a couple of months later. Kennedy did nothing, and was criticized for his weakness back home.It may be of interest to you that while the press has been castigating Sarah Palin for her lack of access to the press, Joe Biden has not had a press conference in a month.
So--leaving aside the merits of what Kennedy did or didn't do in 1961--Biden is forecasting that Obama will have what seems to be a weak response to a provocation from, say, Iran or Russia, and he's urging the liberals of Seattle and elsewhere to stand with Obama against the expected domestic criticism.
In other words, Biden is forecasting inaction by Obama in the face of testing by a dictator. I suspect he's right in this forecast. McCain might want to clarify this point. It's not just that Obama's own running mate expects an international crisis early in his presidency. t's not just that Obama has a weak foreign policy record. It's that Biden himself expects what will appear to be a weak response from Obama to testing by a dictator.