Biden’s Exaggerations

Karl Rove editorially destroys Joe Biden's speech from last night, pointing out several major flaws in it that can't quite be explained…if one cares about FACTS, that is.  Excerpts:

The Democratic National Convention exposed the central defect of Senator Barack Obama's candidacy: the absence of compelling evidence he is up to the job of president. The exposé comes courtesy of a bad habit of his running mate, Senator Joe Biden. When in doubt, Mr. Biden exaggerates. And in the past week, he did a lot.

Wednesday night, Mr. Biden … praised Mr. Obama for three specific legislative accomplishments. One of them was an ethics bill, called by Mr. Biden in his acceptance speech “the most sweeping in a generation.” However, many critics–including Hillary Clinton–criticized it as weak. For example, under Mr. Obama's bill, lobbyists may buy politicians meals if they are eating standing up but not if they're sitting down. Mr. Obama's bill didn't ban privately funded travel for congressmen or authorize an independent investigation office. But Mr. Obama did help draft, negotiate, and push the legislation that passed. The other two supposed accomplishments are more problematic.

Saturday, Mr. Biden asserted Mr. Obama “made his mark literally from day one, reaching
across the aisle to pass legislation to secure the world's deadliest weapons,” a claim similar to one Mr. Obama made earlier in the campaign. Wednesday night, Mr. Biden was more expansive, claiming Mr. Obama was a leader “to pass a law that helps keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists.” This implied a big, important controversial measure, passed with difficulty after the intervention of an extraordinary leader.

In reality, the Lugar-Obama Bill was passed on a voice vote on December 11, 2006. It was so routine, there was no recorded vote. The media didn't consider it important or controversial. Neither the New York Times nor the Washington Post reported its Senate passage, though the Post ran a 798-word op-ed by Senators Lugar and Obama the week before it was approved. It was not the subject of a story on the CBS, ABC or NBC evening news–not when it passed, not when it was signed, not ever. No story about it appeared in Roll Call or The Hill, the daily newspapers that cover the minutiae of Congress. It drew only one squib in Congressional Quarterly–and that story didn't mention Obama, just Lugar.

[T]his legislation didn't require a profile in courage to co-sponsor or hard work and powerful persuasion to pass, as Mr. Biden implied.

Saturday, Biden proclaimed: “But I was proudest, I was proudest, when I watched him spontaneously focus the attention of the nation on the shameful neglect of America's wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Hospital.” The problem for Mr. Biden (and the object of his praise, Mr. Obama) is the problems at Walter Reed were revealed in articles in the Washington Post, starting February 18, 2007. Unless Mr. Obama writes for the Washington Post under the nom de media of Anne Hull or Dana Priest, he didn't “spontaneously focus the attention of the nation.” The two reporters did. The legislation to correct the shortcomings emerged from a Senate committee Mr. Obama doesn't serve on and he played no significant role in drafting or pushing it through the legislative. Mr. Obama is not the real hero of the Walter Reed turn-around, despite Mr. Biden's extravagant claims.

Like Mr. Biden, Michelle Obama's speechwriter could not resist hyping her husband's work. Monday night, Mrs. Obama talked about “what he's done in the United States Senate, fighting to ensure that the men and women who serve this country are welcomed home not just with medals and parades, but with good jobs and benefits and health care–including mental health care.” This is an apparent reference to the Dignity For Wounded Warriors Act, a bill Mr. Obama introduced that never made it out of the Senate Armed Services Committee, despite its Democratic majority. Americans missed the spectacle of Mr. Obama “fighting to ensure” because he was missing for that particular
battle. And if he was fighting, he must have been ineffectual because fellow Democrats didn't think this bill was worth passing.

Rove's blistering and inescapable conclusion:

When candidates lack real accomplishments, they and those around them exaggerate what they have done, puff their performance, hype the difficulty of their activities and depict their work as far more substantial than it really is.

Deep doubts remain about whether Mr. Obama is up to the job. His running mate and his handlers know this. So they are puffing his résumé, padding his accomplishments and claiming the work of others to reassure voters he is up to the duties of the Oval Office. It may work. But the American people are particular about who they elect as president. And voters do not tolerate candidates whose opinion of ordinary citizens is so low they think they can get away with misleading them.

Not much room for argument there.  This is a perfect illustration of exactly how in the tank the MSM is for Obama – not once in all the coverage did I see any question of Biden's or Michelle's claims.  Not once did any talking head seek clarification on any of the wild pledges or momentous accomplishments of this do-nothing rookie Senator with only 143 days of experience on the national level.  Not once did any of them offer anything but effusive praise and adoration.

If you think that was bad, wait until tonight's speech by The Obamessiah Himself!

Standing before a backdrop of a Greek Temple, the Holy One Himself will likely reach new levels of platitudinism, saying nothing while blathering endlessly about this being the moment of hope-change-unity.  He will blast the Bush administration in particular and Republicans in general for coming within a hair's breadth of permanently ruining America's economy and standing in the world, and probably throw in some other insulting accusations, too.  Get ready, because it's coming.

The MSM, of course, will ignore every FACT and facet of REALITY throughout the entire speech, instead engaging in a collective orgy of praise and worship in their coronation of The Obamessiah.  Prepare to be overwhelmed…or puke, depending on which side of the fence you're on.

There's my two cents.


I'm a gun-owning, Bible-thumping, bitter clinger conservative in the heartland. You can disagree with me if you want (you do, after all, have a right to be wrong)...just don't be rude or stupid and we'll get along just fine! :)

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