While responding to Rudy Giuliani’s that Vice President Biden is mentally incompetent and a joke, Stephanie Cutter shut down all vice presidential behavior talk by reminding Republicans what real mental incompetence looks like.
Here is the video from ABC News:
TAPPER: But isn’t the fact that these remarks are being attacked by both Democrats and Republicans, doesn’t that suggest that Vice President Biden to a degree has become something of a liability?
CUTTER: Absolutely not. And, you know, on Mr. Giuliani’s remarks, I would like to point back to his glowing introduction of Sarah Palin during the 2008 convention. So if he wants to criticize the capacity of a vice president to take hold of this country, he should go back and look at those remarks and whether he still believes that they’re true.
The vice president is a critical partner to the president of the United States. Joe Biden is out there every single day talking about our vision of where we want to take this country.
Now, let’s address that remark. You know, I’ll say what the president said. They’re using that one word as a distraction, but the larger point is an important point. You know, Kevin was talking about believing in free-enterprise system. The president absolutely believes in the free-enterprise system, but we also believe that everybody should play by the same set of rules.
And what Mitt Romney has promised is the deregulation of Wall Street, the deregulation of the private sector. We saw how that turned out. Taxpayers ended up having to bail out the private sector because of the reckless behavior. So we don’t want to go back there.
But that’s what Mr. Romney’s promising to do. People like Speaker Boehner and even Paul Ryan talk all the time about unshackling the private sector, unshackling the financial industry. So the vice president was playing off of that word.
But the central point of what the vice president was saying is absolutely critical in this election: Do we want to have everybody playing by the same set of rules, whether you’re on Main Street or Wall Street? Or do we want to unshackle the financial sector and let them do what they did in the last decade and have taxpayers spend billions of dollars bailing them out again?
If Republicans want to talk about Biden for the rest of the campaign, the Obama campaign will be more than happy to mention how they rallied around Sarah Palin in 2008.
Here is Giuliani gushing about Palin at the 2008 Republican convention:
Giuliani called Sarah Palin a pick for the future, touted her executive experience and how she took on corruption. When are Republicans going to learn? The Sarah Palin disaster has barred them from criticizing anyone’s running mate choices for at least a generation. But if they want to talk about Joe Biden, that’s fantastic. Democrats will be happy to discuss Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan.
Palin has fallen so far so fast that four years after being the star of the convention, she isn’t even invited to 2012. Sarah Palin is such a joke no that she is the gold standard for candidate mental incompetence. She is so tarnished that her name defines incompetence, and both parties use her as political shorthand to define ineptitude.
This is the second time this week that the Obama team has shut Republicans up by invoking Palin. The White House shut down John McCain’s ramblings about Obama dumping Biden by reminding him that he chose Palin.
Sarah Palin has turned into a weapon to be used against her own party, and the Obama campaign has no qualms about reminding the country that it was the Republican Party who unleashed the Palin Plague upon us all.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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