(Note: Bumped up one day because it was getting pretty far down the page and is too important to miss.)
This is supposed to make us MORE enthusiastic to support The One?!?
"Mark my words," the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. "It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."I though we were supposed to support the Obamessiah because he will make the world love us again? If His election is going to bring a "test" in the form of the bullies and tyrants of the world pushing the boundaries to see if Obama is going to be the punk he's advertised to be, shouldn't that be a concern? The feckless non-response of the Clinton Regime to multiple Al Queda provocations encouraged them to launch 9/11. After Dubya hit back, we've been safe since. If Obama reflexively accepts belligerence from the bad actors of the world (and I don't mean Paul Walker), then what's to say that terror wasn't destined to return to our shores.
"I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate," Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. "And he's gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you - not financially to help him - we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right."
The irony of this latest Biden gaffe is that it puts the lie to the meme that Republicans are trying to use the fear of terror to gain political advantage. Who's saying that America is likely to be attacked now? THE ONE'S OWN #2!!!!
A challenge to those who will excuse Biden: Is this guy really qualified to be one heartbeat away from the Big Chair? He's either rambling nonsense or inviting attack. Which is it?
UPDATE & BUMP: Bill Kristol explains just how crazy this talk is:
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.Bill Bennett was talking about this on the drive in, saying that Biden's thesis is insane on its face. "If you elect this glorious Messiah, we will be tested by thugs to see how strong we are and it'll probably look like we screwed up, but I want you to rally in support for me and the Clean One instead of criticizing." (My paraphrase, not Bennett's.)
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. It’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. (emphasis in original)
Can you imagine the outcry that would come if Moose-Slayer said the same thing - that Obama would come off as a screwup when tested? The shrieks would be ear-shattering, but when it's The One's Number Two, there's nothing to see here. Move along. No wonder Biden is hiding from doing press conferences while Palin is the most accessible of the four candidates.