Unbranded; without a registered trademark.

 

You know, Joe Biden — you can joke about him all you want, [but] he’s got a set of balls, and he says what he believes,

(via rillawafers)

Can we talk about superficial communications strategy for a moment? This is the thing—the one thing—that  Joe Biden does better than Barack Obama. And it’s a crucially important thing: it’s the empathy card, the Bill Clinton thing.

Everyone in the room knows it’s a fat softball lobbed right across the plate. The Press Secretary actually does some slapstick as he sets it up. Hope you’re hungry, news directors, cause it’s sound-bite time. The press chuckles in anticipation of what the Righteous Mouth will deliver. 

But Righteous Mouth does deliver. Barack Obama would’ve hit this pitch—any major politician would—but he wouldn’t have hit it out of the park. Part of Obama’s appeal is that he’s dispassionate. It was an asset during the campaign and operationally during the economic crisis, but it’s a major liability during the BP spill. Obama fumbled the outrage card because it’s not really a strong color in his emotional palate. It is in Joe Biden’s, though.

The smart play isn’t to explicitly tie the GOP to the oil industry through Rep. Barton. The press has already smashed that home with a ball-peen hammer. Drill Baby Drill is doing the job with every photo of a drowning bird. The smart play is to link them all together with a broader message on the role of government in our lives. And there’s the Veep, doing exactly that, using personal stories, speaking in value statements, explaining the funding mechanism in simple language, as if to someone who’s hearing about it for the first time, as I was just now. The whole knock on Joey B is that he won’t stick to the script. He never gets the benefit of the doubt. So when he does deliver something scripted, it sounds spontaneous.

Beating up on Rep. Joe Barton is easy, but Rep. Joe Barton really, really needs to be beaten. The point needs to be driven home. It’s an opportunity that can’t be missed. It’s hard to say Biden is bloviating when the content is emotionally and structurally pitch-perfect.

Q: President Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are on a boat together and it starts sinking. Who gets saved?

shutthefuckupliberals:

The American people.

generic:

Yuk, yuk.

You know what’s a real hilarity-killer? The Democratic version of that joke, had Obama lost the election.

President Sarah Palin.

jlamere:

 Right. You might want to check your facts there.

generic:

Why do I have to spell everything out today? Why must I connect every dot? Is the Internet high?

Q: President Barack Obama, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are on a boat together and it starts sinking. Who gets saved?

A: The American People. 

Except that joke’s not funny to Democrats, or even broad anti-incumbents. They’d prefer Old Man War to the Most Unqualified Person to Ever Seek the Office. Sarah Palin’s approval ratings are around where Bush’s were when he got booed out of office.

There are a lot of people (in certain regions, *ahem*) who would find “President Biden” far preferable to President Terrorist McBirthCertificate. But ”President Sarah Palin” isn’t comforting to people who don’t like Sarah Palin — which is most people. It’s chilling.

"Obama has made a Faustian bargain in this new review. For he is allotting more financial resources to U.S. labs for maintenance and modernization of the current weapons stockpile, while pulling the plug on new weapons development.
Vice President Joe Biden should be given the credit for this crucial deal, which kept the national security right from mugging the president during the process.”
- Politico

A times, Joe Biden can be a joke —a national embarrassment, even. This is not one of those times. Muzzling the wingnuts to nab a historic arms reduction treaty is… well, it’s a big fucking deal. Nice job, Joey B.
"Obama has made a Faustian bargain in this new review. For he is allotting more financial resources to U.S. labs for maintenance and modernization of the current weapons stockpile, while pulling the plug on new weapons development.

Vice President Joe Biden should be given the credit for this crucial deal, which kept the national security right from mugging the president during the process.”

- Politico

A times, Joe Biden can be a joke —a national embarrassment, even. This is not one of those times. Muzzling the wingnuts to nab a historic arms reduction treaty is… well, it’s a big fucking deal. Nice job, Joey B.

(via apsies)
Obama: Did you see that Tea Party convention? Those people are insane.
Biden: See that look in their eyes, Barack? You gotta get that look back, Barack. Eye of the tiger, man.

(via apsies)

Obama: Did you see that Tea Party convention? Those people are insane.

Biden: See that look in their eyes, Barack? You gotta get that look back, Barack. Eye of the tiger, man.