It’s a cloudy morning in Elkins so I took a glance at various political newsletters and clipped some of the most interesting. My thanks to POLITICO, Daily Callers, Fox News, Huff Post & NY Times.
THE CAMPAIGN REACHED A NEW LOW YESTERDAY-
BIDEN in Danville, Va.: “Look at what they’re proposing. [Romney] said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks write their own rules – unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” http://politi.co/OXGaxY
OBAMA in Oskaloosa, Iowa, referred to Seamus the dog while talking about Romney’s quip that windmills cannot be put on top of cars: ‘I don’t know if he’s actually tried that. I know he’s had other things on his car.’ http://politi.co/MZ6Uma
ROMNEY in Chillicothe, Ohio: “Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.” Story from Reid Epstein wrapping up the day: http://politi.co/ROifo7. Here’s the full text of the governor’s speech: http://mi.tt/MZgHse.
GIULIANI SAYS BIDEN LACKS “MENTAL CAPACITY” TO BE VICE PRESIDENT: “I’ve never seen a vice president that has made as many mistakes, said as many stupid things,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on CNBC’s Kudlow Report last night. “I mean, there’s a real fear if, God forbid, he ever had to be entrusted with the presidency, whether he really has the mental capacity to handle it. I mean, this guy just isn’t bright. He’s never been bright. He isn’t bright. And people think, ‘Well, he just talks a little too much.’ Actually, he’s just not very smart.” Watch: http://bit.ly/Oi5bFd.
THE MORNING AFTER
MARK HALPERIN, on “Morning Joe”: “Don’t want to overstate it but last night was a big, historical moment, I think, in this campaign. You had the vice president saying something he said in artfully. And now both campaigns are expressing not faux outrage – which is mostly what we see – but genuine outrage. I think the … former governor of Massachusetts was genuinely outraged by what Joe Biden said and about what he perceives as the president’s tactics.
“And I think, based on what happened last night, the president’s team is stunned that the president would be accused of engaging in a campaign of hate. Mitt Romney used the word ‘hate.’ I think he meant it. I think the president’s team was very stunned by it. And I think we’re either – today and the rest of this week – gonna escalate into nuclear war. Or I’d like to see some détente. This is not the kind of campaign I think either of these candidates wants. But it’s really escalated.”
WILLIE GEIST: “It has to be said that if Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate, said that to an African-American audience, there would be calls this morning for him to get out of the race, for Mitt Romney to withdraw from the race. There’s a double standard.”
WV GAME CHANGER
For some time I have thought the replacement of Biden with Hillary would have a huge impact on the WV political results in November. Let’s hope the Obama campaign is not taking advice from Sarah Palin.
PALIN SUGGESTS OBAMA REPLACE BIDEN WITH HILLARY: Reacting to Biden’s chains comment on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox show last night, Sarah Palin said: “There weren’t enough groans and boos when he said such a disgusting comment, really, especially to a demographic there that is — includes about 48 percent of the community being black Americans. Greta, if that’s not the nail in the coffin; really, the strategists there in the Obama campaign have got to look at a diplomatic way of replacing Joe Biden on the ticket with Hillary. And I don’t want to throw out that suggestion and have them actually accept the suggestion because then an Obama-Hillary Clinton ticket would have a darn good chance of winning. But really, Joe Biden really drags down that ticket.” Watch: http://bit.ly/ROHLJE.
BACK TO BIDEN
BIDEN DRIVES THE DAY – AP’s Matthew Daly in Danville, Va.: “Vice President Biden sparked a [told] an audience in southern Virginia that included hundreds of black voters that … the Republican ticket wanted to ‘unchain Wall Street’ by getting rid of regulations Obama signed into law two years ago. He added: ‘They’re going to put y’all back in chains.’… Obama’s campaign stood by Biden, saying the comments were a variation on remarks he makes often about the need to ‘unshackle’ the middle class. ..
“In a less-noticed gaffe Tuesday, Biden told the crowd he was confident their support would help the Obama-Biden ticket carry North Carolina. He was speaking in Virginia at the time. Still, Obama’s campaign sees Biden as one of its most valuable assets. The Scranton, Pa., native has a more natural appeal to working-class voters in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. He also has willingly embraced the traditional vice presidential attack-dog role, often launching the campaign’s most vigorous criticisms of Romney, and now Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan.”
–At a rally last night in Wytheville, Biden said he meant “unshackled” instead of “unchained,” per Maggie Haberman: “I’m told that when I made that comment earlier today in Danville, Virginia, the Romney campaign put out a tweet. You know tweets these days? Put out a tweet, went on the airwaves saying, ‘Biden, he’s outrageous in saying that,’ I think I said instead of ‘unshackled,’ ‘unchained.’ ‘Outrageous to say that.’ That’s what we had. I’m using their own words. I got a message for them. If you want to know what’s outrageous, it’s their policies and the effects of their policies on middle class America. That’s what’s outrageous.’
TOP 10 Joe Biden’s Dumbest Quotes [Slide Show]. Click here to enjoy.
DNC CHAIR ADMITS RYAN PLAN DOESN’T AFFECT THOSE OVER 54: It took Wolf Blitzer four minutes, but Debbie Wasserman Schultz acknowledged yesterday morning a central tenet of the Ryan plan. Video: http://politi.co/R1FXgE.
IN 2008, OBAMA ATTACKED MCCAIN FOR CUTTING MEDICARE: ‘How would your golden years turn out under John McCain? His health care plan would cut Medicare by $800 billion — that means a 22 percent cut in benefits. Higher premiums and co-pays … after a lifetime of work, senior’s health care shouldn’t be a gamble. John McCain’s plan, it’s not the change we need.’ http://huff.to/MZiuxs
IN 2005, OBAMA ATTACKED BUSH FOR NOT TAKING ON MEDICARE. BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski unearths this 40-second clip of saying that George W. Bush should focus on Medicare instead of Social Security because it’s breaking down rapidly: http://bit.ly/QAW1la.
Why Moderates Should Like Paul Ryan
By Ross Douthat (NYT OP-ED Contributor)
The vice-presidential candidate is single-handedly responsible for saving the Republican Party from some of its own worst impulses. Read it here.