Biden’s gaffes are a threat to American’s complacency!

Summary:  Biden’s moments of accidental integrity threaten America’s political order, by showing that politicians can tell the truth.  What if we changed our preferences and preferred truth to lies?

An emerging narrative in this campaign concerns Senator Biden’s gaffes.  As The New York Times, that ur-source for liberal narratives, says:

Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, is an experienced, serious and smart man. But, boy, does he say some curious things. A day on the campaign trail without a cringe-inducing gaffe is a rare blessing. He has not been too blessed lately.

The “cringe-inducing” gaffes listed are problematic in the uniquely American sense defined by the journalist Michael Kinsley:  “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.”  Since we demand that our elected leaders lie to us — constantly, skillfully — this is a professional liability.  As Jimmy Carter learned when he said that he “lusted in his heart“.

Consider these gaffes by Biden that the NYT article describes as committed by this “human verbal wrecking crew.”

Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. … Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me.

My wife, Jill, who you’ll meet soon, who’s drop-dead gorgeous. My wife, Jill, she also has a doctorate degree, which is a problem. 

These are discordant notes in the campaign’s stately music, both obviously sincere and true.  They clash with the other notes, which tends to be either insincere or somewhat delusional (or both).

A note about the second quote:  for those not in synch with modern American culture, an earlier NYT article explained the full horror of these words:  “That was classic Biden. He’s still said to be head-over-heels in love with her after more than 30 years of marriage, and proud, if slightly intimidated, by her multiple degrees.” 

I was going to list Biden’s other gaffes, but they are too trivial and mindless to justify the effort.  How fortunate that America has no serious problems, so the campaign can focus on these trivial things.

It need not be so.  Voting is not enough.  Donate time and money to your candidates.  Write and talk about the issues.  We can regain control over the process; but we might not have much time remaining to do so.

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7 thoughts on “Biden’s gaffes are a threat to American’s complacency!

  1. Palin is news because we subconsciously realize that McCain probably won’t last the next four years. Biden, QED, is not news.

    In other matters, Lehman Brothers is falling down, Bolivia is slipping toward civil war, and MEND has just ordered oil workers to leave Nigeria.

    Which will make life interesting for whoever our next wartime president may be.
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    Fabius Maximus replies: Biden must be news, because there are so many news stories about him.

    More importantly, this post speculates about us, not Biden. Biden is the subject in the sense that a story about forest fires can reveal much about us.

  2. “For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances as though they were realities and are often more influenced by things that seem than by those that are.”
    — Chapter 25 of “Discourses on Levy” by Nicolo Machiavelli (1517)

    Full excerpt:

    “He who desires or wants to reform the State (Government) of a City, and wishes that it may be accepted and capable of maintaining itself to everyone’s satisfaction, it is necessary for him at least to retain the shadow of ancient forms, so that it does not appear to the people that the institutions have been changed, even though in fact the new institutions should be entirely different from the past ones: for the general mass of men are satisfied with appearances, as if it exists, and many times are moved by the things which appear to be rather than by the things that are.”

  3. Yeah, I lust in my heart when I ogle at other men’s young wives…

    Mike Adams : great quote, dude! Satisfied with appearances, indeed.

  4. BIDEN IS INDEED A BETTER CHOICE FOR VP THAN SARAH PALIN AT LEAST HE’S HONEST AND SPEAKS THE TRUTH. HILLARY CLINTON IS INDEED QUALIFIED TO BE VP. PALIN DOES NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE EVEN WITH HER BACK GROUND AS GOVENOR OF A STATE WITH A POPULATION OF ABOUT A KINDERGARDEN CLASSROOM FULL OF PEOPLE AND SHORT ON BOOKS WRITTEN ON FOREIGN POLICY.HER SPOT ON THE REPUBLICAN TICKET IS NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL STUNT BUSH WRECKED THE NATION, BILL CLINTON DESTROYED A DRESS, AND MCCAIN PIMPIN PALIN TO GET HIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

  5. It is not the bullet that is disturbing but what its effect might be.

    That guy shot me in the chest and now I’m bleeding out onto the concrete. But, y’know, I’m OK with it.

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