Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

What's Next, Preacher Joe?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

What's Next, Preacher Joe?

Article excerpt

Is it too late for President Barack Obama to pick up the phone, call Hillary Rodham Clinton and dump Vice President Joe Biden for playing the race card against Republican Mitt Romney? Yep. It's probably too late, y'all.

For years, Mr. Biden has suffered from a terrible affliction called Verpes (that's Vur-peez), slang for verbal herpes, from the Latin herpius verbulus.

It comes from repeatedly taking your shoe with your foot still inside it and shoving it all the way into your mouth so that it smacks that little punching bag thing back there called a uvula.

In Virginia on Tuesday, Mr. Biden took a race card from the deck of Team Obama 2012, and stuck that race card to the tip of his shoe, and then slammed the whole darn thing into his mouth so hard that it must have scraped off half of the vice presidential taste buds.

"Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they're proposing," Mr. Biden said of the Republicans at a campaign stop in Danville, Va. "Romney wants to let the -- he said in the first 100 days he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules."

Then it happened.

Mr. Biden began waving his right hand, palm up, and he adopted what he must have thought was the accent of a black minister.

"Unchain Wall Street," said Preacher Joe, reaching to the heavens, "They're going to put y'all back in chains."

Y'all.

Is that how people in Delaware talk? Or is it how white Democratic politicians speak when they're using dialect to talk down to black voters? What's next, Preacher Joe? Spirituals? Or are you going to carry around copies of "A Raisin in the Sun" and "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

Team Obama tried to defend Mr. Biden, but it was nonsensical babbling. And the Republicans were eager to pounce.

"The comments made by the vice president of the United States are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama campaign will say and do anything to win this election," said Andrea Saul, Mr. Romney's press secretary.

Mr. Biden isn't just some hack on the stump. He's the vice president. And he clearly played the race card and the slavery card. …

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