John Cole mocks the pseudo rightwing outrage over the supposedly “new ugly tone” from Democrats:
But what really upsets the “reasonable” Republicans and libertarians is the fact that for once, Democrats are fighting back. For years as a Republican I would just laugh as we beat down Democrats and they never did anything. Well, they’ve learned, fortunately, and are fighting back, and now we have folks getting the vapors, worrying about “tone.” Fuck, it’s not like Obama and team put a fucking crosshair over Gabby Giffords head and had machine gun rallies. But my favorite bit of bullshit is this outright goddamned lie from James Joyner, which he uses as evidence of the new negative tone:
Now, though, we’ve got the Obama administration signing off on an ad insinuating that Mitt Romney killed a woman and the vice president refusing to back away from the suggestion that Romney wants to put black people back in chains. So, yeah, I’d say it’s worse than four or eight years ago.
First off, if that woman had health insurance that had not been robbed by the vulture capitalists at Bain, led by Mitt Romney, she might still be alive. But I’ll pass that off as debatable. The latter part, though, is unmitigated bullshit:
the vice president refusing to back away from the suggestion that Romney wants to put black people back in chains.
Joyner is lying. Biden never said Romney wants to put black people in chains. Period. That is not what Biden said. Here is the actual quote:
Specifically, the vice president said to the Danville, Virginia, crowd that the House GOP budget, partly written by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., gives an indication of the Republican presidential ticket’s values.
“We got a real clear picture of what they all value,” Biden said. “Every Republican’s voted for it. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney wants to let the — he said in the first hundred days he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, ‘unchain Wall Street.’ They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”
[...] What Biden said was completely true. They want an unfettered Wall Street, an unrestricted and unregulated business sector, they want tort reform, and they want you all unable to respond to their excesses. That is the Republican vision. End of story.
Dave Weigel highlights The Dumbest Question Anyone Was Asked Today by Fox News’ White House correspondent Ed Henry: “Let’s just settle it, once and for all, all of this speculation — this is the ticket, Obama/Biden?”
“What’s “all of this speculation?” If you watch the earlier parts of the briefing, you learn that the speculation comes from Sarah Palin and John McCain, neither of whom are Democrats with particular interest or influence in the process of nominating a Democratic veep. In 2008, there was considerable (and even then, overblown) buzz about angry Democratic delegates who wanted Hillary Clinton to be the veep nominee. There is none of that now. We know because any story like that would rise with rocket speed to the top of the cable news pile. Henry was asking about “speculation” that does not exist in any meaningful form, and allowing that the speculation was kicked off because the vice president said something that no elected Democrats have taken issue with.
“One of the strange paradoxes of political journalism is that the televised presser with the president’s spokesman — probably the most prominent and prestigious regular briefing there is — lends itself to imbecilic showboating that you’d laugh out of the room in any lesser context.”
Joe Biden in Danville, VA
team-joebama : ”now realize that this crowd is called “largely black” as in “Biden told a largely black crowd the GOP economic policies would put them in chains”
“but you rarely see anybody saying “Romney told a largely white crowd”—you know because his shit is largely white—“that Obama needs to go back to Chicago and blah blah welfare blah blah un-American.”
“I’m so mad that even this good looking motherfucker can’t distract me from it.”
Metaphors and Fox-News-coordinated outrageous outrage. Is it any wonder that no Democrat, or any other average person, is upset by what Joe Biden said?