Bloomberg recent did a story about VP Biden’s hometown, Scranton. In it, they discussed the uphill climb he and President Obama face in the heart of blue-collar America. The consensus…Barack Obama and Joe Biden are screwed in Scranton. And, as Terry Madonna says in the story, if they can’t win Scranton, they can’t win Pennsylvania.
That seems to be backed up with a very recent Susquehanna Polling and Research Poll. In it, Obama is losing Pennsylvania to any Republican and even hemorrhaging support in the Democrat-rich Philly area.
Can Joe Biden help the Obama-Biden ticket in Pennsylvania? Not if he keeps making unfounded, breathtaking rhetorical charges to try to get it done.
Take his recent claim that rapes and murders would go up if President Obama’s Jobs act didn’t pass. Reporters scratched their head at that one and even gave him a chance to clarify. He didn’t back down. Instead he doubled down saying “Don’t screw around with me. … Listen to me. … I said rape was up three times in Flint, there are the numbers, go look at the numbers. Murder’s up, rape is up, and burglary’s up. … Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise.”
You can view the exchange here:
Then, he travels to Philly and again ties the legislation to rapes stating that he wished Republicans knoew what it was like for a rape victim to have a gun pointed at their head. His direct quote was“I wish these guys that thought it was temporary, I wish they had some notion what it’s like on the other side of a gun or a 200 pound man standing over you telling you to submit. Folks, it matters. It matters!”
You can view that one here:
The Washington Post took him to the shed for making these claims calling them “absurd” and gave him four pinocchios for his over-the-top rhetoric.
FactCheck.org swung and VP Biden calling for him to “Get his facts straight to support his opinion,” pointing out that even his demagoguery about rapes skyrocketing in Flint, Michigan are not supported by the facts of FBI crime data.
Inspiring fear in people is the lowest form of persuasion available to a politician. Biden is up to his eyeballs in it. If he believes the American Jobs Act is a good bill, he should be able to argue its merits without lying and invoking the false threat of one of the most violent actions a human being can make on another human being short of killing them. It says a lot about the bill that lies and fear are the only argument the Vice-President of the United States can produce to sell the American people on it.