Biden’s mouth doesn’t know what Obama’s is saying
Previously I had written about how Obama doesn’t seem to have control of his campaign staff, and how this could serve to be a recipe for disaster in his presidency. Well it gets worse. Obama’s VP pick Joe Biden is renowned for putting his foot in his mouth, and over the recent days, he has shown he has little knowledge of policy stances of his running mate. Listen to these statements…
transcript (taken from Huffington post) emphasis is mine
AUWAERTER: Senator, Senator, wind and solar are flourishing here in Ohio, so why are you supporting clean coal?
BIDEN: Say that again? I didn’t hear what you said.
AUWAERTER: Wind and solar are flourishing here in Ohio, so why are you supporting clean coal?
BIDEN: We’re not supporting “clean coal.” Guess what. China’s building two every week. Two dirty coal plants. And it’s polluting the United States. It’s causing people to die.
AUWAERTER: So will you support wind and solar?
BIDEN: Absolutely. Before anybody did. The first guy to introduce a global warming bill is me, 22 years ago. The first guy to support solar energy is me, 26 years ago. It came out of Delaware. But guess what. China is burning three hundred years of bad coal unless we figure out how to clean their coal up. Because it’s going to ruin your lungs and there’s nothing we can do about it. No coal plants here in America. Build them, if they’re going to build them over there make ’em clean because they’re killing you.
These statement’s contrast directly with the campaign’s official policy.
Develop and Deploy Clean Coal Technology.
Obama’s Department of Energy will enter into public private partnerships to develop five “first-of-a-kind” commercial scale coal-fired plants with clean carbon capture and sequestration technology.
Obviously the campaign has gone into damage control, but is showing uncomfortable squirming in trying to spin Biden’s comments.
“Senator McCain knows that Senator Obama and Senator Biden support clean coal technology,” says Biden spokesman David Wade. “Senator Biden’s point is that China is building coal plants with outdated technology every day, and the United States needs to lead by developing clean coal technologies. The Obama-Biden comprehensive energy plan will invest $150 billion over 10 years in clean energy technologies, including incentives to accelerate private sector investment in commercial scale zero-carbon coal facilities. The Obama-Biden Department of Energy is committed to developing 5 ‘first-of-a-kind’ commercial scale coal-fired plants with carbon capture and sequestration here in the United States.”
Well yes, we can all go on to your website and read your policy. The question is did Biden get the memo to go to his running mate’s website and read it for himself?
The problem with their campaign is that consistency of their message is all screwed up. Which mouth do we listen to? It is true that Obama can afford to put forward opposing statements, as many Democrats are willing to project there own hopes onto the Democratic campaigners, believing what they want to. So people can believe whichever policy line they fancy, even when presented with the direct contradiction. Are they mixing their message for political expediency? Did Biden lie to Auwaerter, simply to appease her because he wanted her to feel that he was “on her side”? That will not matter, even though at the bottom of it all, is a lie that the Obama campaign cannot spin no matter how they try. Their followers will dismiss the ‘gaffe’ and cast their vote thinking they will get THEIR man.
An interesting excerpt from the book MEET THE NEXT PRESIDENT by Bill Samon discusses the comment by Barack Obama in his 2006 memoir, The Audacity of Hope, likening Obama to the ‘ultimate Rorschach test’. (What is a Rorschach test?)
“I am new enough on the national political scene that I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views”
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