The two substantive foreign policy take-aways from last night’s Biden debacle were the Vice President’s insistence that we need not worry about Iran because Iran lacks a delivery vehicle for the nukes it is soon to posses, and the Vice President’s insistence that the Administration was not warned about the situation in Libya.
Josh Rogin, writing at Foreign Policy’s blog The Cable, provides the complete rebuke to the Veep’s absurd attempt to turn the page from the disaster in Libya and the president’s misleading responses here. The Vice President was quite obviously and intentionally deceiving or wholly and almost unbelievably unaware of the events of the past three days. As Jennifer Rubin pointed out this morning, even Andrea Mitchell had to call out Biden on this whopper.
Had the Vice President not beclowned himself so thoroughly, this would be the lead story, but his wild display of gestures and expressions will dominate the news cycle for a day and then the scrutiny will resume over Libya and it won’t be pretty.
Neither will be the focus on the Veep’s absurd ramblings on Iran and the mullah’s lack of a delivery vehicle for their enriched uranium. Downplaying the immediate and growing threat from Iran will not help assure the key cosntiutuency of supporters of Israel that the president and his key advisors are serious about the threat.
Off to Phoenix to help Vernon Parker, Jonathan Paton and Congressman Paul Gosar in their campaigns to keep the GOP in the majoirty oin the House, but the final word on the debate last night has to come from James Hohmann’s headline in today’s Politico:
Never a good way for a debate to be framed.
UPDATE: See also the WaPo’s Alexandra Petri’s very accurate take on how the Veep came across. Dems will keep up a brave face, but the polls will continue their slide as America sighs over the four years invested in the man who wasn’t there and the court jester who cheered him on.
Don’t miss the RNC’s YouTube compilation of Joe’s greatest grins and grimaces. Hundreds of thousands of views, and growing.