Maybe it’s just me, but it appears that for the last two days the Obama/Biden campaign has been coming apart at the seams.
On Friday at a campaign stop in Springfield, Ohio, President Obama made, what was to me, a very odd remark. When the crowd booed at the mention of his opponent’s name, he told them, “No no, don’t boo. Vote. Vote. Voting is the best revenge.”
When I first heard this, I didn’t understand it. A “revenge vote” is logically a vote against an incumbent — a vote against his actions or policies. Was he actually telling therm to cast a revenge vote against his own failed leadership?
Washington Examiner columnist Byron York wrote of the comment, “It was an ugly and small-minded moment, especially for the end of a campaign when candidates usually try to stress larger, optimistic themes.”
The president’s Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, couldn’t allow the comment to stand. He asked his supports that very day to vote not for revenge, “but for love of country.”
Romney’s remark apparently touched a nerve in Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. Rather than taking his lumps and moving on, he made a bad situation worse by tweeting the following:
Apparently Messina doesn’t understand; his boss is the one who made the “vote for revenge” remark. Messina has since gotten hammered on Twitter.
Meanwhile, on Saturday morning, Obama informed his supporters, “in four days, you have a choice.” Hmm, after Saturday we have Sunday, Monday then Tuesday — three days, not four.
Ali Weinberg was there and witnessed it. According to her Twitter profile, she’s a @NBCNews Campaign Embed Reporter. She immediately tweeted the following:
The Obama administration has been complaining about voter suppression for years, and now the president is telling his fellow Democrats to show up at the polls on Wednesday?
Maybe all of the above explains Vice President Joe Biden’s remark Friday at a Beloit, Wisconsin campaign rally. “There’s never been a day in the last four years I’ve been proud to be his vice president.” And then to emphasize the point, he added, “Not one single day — not one single day.”
Biden may be unclear as to which side his bread is buttered on, but he apparently recognizes a sinking ship when he sees one.
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