Everyone knows Vice President Biden's proclivity for gaffes. And pretty
much everyone agreed--at the time--that something he said two Octobers
ago was classic Biden:
It will not be six months before the
world tests Barack Obama…. Watch, we're gonna have an international
crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.
There's just one problem, writes
The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus Thursday, on the anniversary of the
utterance: if you look at the full transcript, Biden was right--not
about the crisis, but about the big picture, and the kind of climate
the Democrats were going to be facing in 2010.
I promise you,
you are all gonna be sitting here a year from now going, 'Oh, my God,
why are they there in the polls, why is the polling so down, why is
this thing so tough?" Biden said at a fund-raiser in Seattle just
before the election. "We're gonna have to make some incredibly tough
decisions in the first two years. So I'm asking you now, I'm asking you
now, be prepared to stick with us. Remember the faith you had at this
point because you're going to have to reinforce us." Predicting a
deficit "that may be as high as $750 billion" -- how quaint that sounds
-- Biden told the crowd, "Only thing I'm asking you is, you know, gird
So, though Obama felt compelled at the time to
"slap down" his ticket partner, Marcus wonders if this was the right
move: "Would the president be better off today if his
campaign-and-beyond message had been a bit more realistic--more
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