Yesterday, America’s favorite embarrassing uncle, Joe Biden, did as all embarrassing uncles are wont to do: he said something kind of weird and made people uncomfortable.
“Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he’s gonna let the big banks again write their own rules. ‘Unchain Wall Street!’” [Okay fairly normal stuff so far.]
“They’re going to put y’all back in chains!!” [Ehhh, Uncle Joe? I thought we talked about making off-the-cuff remarks at speeches. Did we not talk about this? And what did we say? What. Did. We. Say?? We said STOP MAKING OFF-THE-CUFF REMARKS AT SPEECHES.]
This, for some reason — after all of the other attacks that have been lobbed by both sides this campaign season — was the remark that finally caused Mitt Romney to become unzipped. Naturally, for the 5,308,763rd time this election cycle, Romney’s camp called the remarks a “new low” in the campaign (the Obama campaign be breaking new-low records like they’re at the Olympics, y’all!).
But Mitt went beyond the typical “new low” response, because Joe Biden just went TOO FAR this time with his economic “chains” comment. At a speech before roughly 5,000 supporters, Romney shamed President Obama for running a “campaign of division, and anger, and hate” and accused Obama of trying to “smash America apart” and then cobble together 51% of the broken pieces. “This is what an angry and desperate presidency looks like,” Romney said.
But, Mr. Romney, isn’t this faux-outrage kind of, you know, undermining your argument that Obama is the one stooping to a “new low”? No, according to Romney’s senior adviser, Kevin Madden. In fact, Madden says, ”This is seizing the high-ground and imploring the president to join the debate there.”
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