On the old Saturday Night Live shows they featured at least three male comedians who did the old "insincere-sincere" night club comic. (The best was Billy Crystal spewing Sammy Davis Jr. inanities).
I could not help but think about those old comic routines yesterday as I listened to Joe Biden campaigning in Pennsylvania yesterday. Joe, fashionably tie-less, swathed in the finest winter duds, every transplanted forehead hair in place, stepped up to the podium and proclaimed before a labor crowd "hello my friends, let me say something honestly and simply (we would certainly hope so)....and I mean this (again, we would hope you're not lying out your ass)...I'm a union man!"
Well that bit of poetic inspiration must have warmed the cockles of the hearts of all those Teamsters. Joe went on to borrow from Barack Obama and proclaim that business did not build their businesses.....seems American business was built on the backs of $50 dollar an hour union men. Seems that the AFl-CIO chief George Meany and the Teamster's Jimmy Hoffa invented the auto assembly line and America big rig.
Joe's speech was all so familiar. And, really, what else can Joe offer? Shall he stumble again over complimenting Barack Obama for being able to speak English, minus the Ebonics? Shall he again note that America's 7-11's are owned by funny talking Indians? Or should Joe bring up the only piece of national legislation he was responsible for.............the billion dollar federal subsidization of Amtrak, so he could ride it home from D.C. to his home in Delaware each night for less than the price of a cup of coffee.
Spend any few moments listening to Joe speak and you'll find it fascinating. In any series of three sentences Joe will stumble over the most basic of English words. (Yesterday he managed to turn some unexpressed "h-word" into "hedgehog". But it's more than Joe's speech. It's the substance that is Joe himself. He is the most "uncool" trying to be "cool" of anyone I've ever known. Aside from his serial groping of women, Joe can't seem to go an hour without saying or doing something stupid. Never mind that Obama put lipstick on his VP, then sent him winging off to some third world funeral, to keep him out of the limelight, "Joltin' Joe" was bound to say something silly between Blair House and Air Force 2 sitting placidly, engines running, out on the flight line of Andrews Air Force Base.
Well the lipstick's been removed, and Joe has no Presidential handlers to keep him in check. So you can expect Joe Biden to again stumble through still another failing campaign for President. He's already lost miserably in two prior efforts and this campaign will be no exception. Will his demise come from another shotgun blast at his Delaware estate? Will he accidentally grope Babs Streisand's drooping old breasts? Will he break down in tears once too often? Or will the MeToo Women bury him with an Anita Hill-efficiency.
No one knows....but you can feel secure in knowing Joltin Joe will commit some form of political Hari Kari before this campaign his over.