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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden caused a stir on Monday morning, when he told the diverse crowd at a Danville, Virginia campaign rally that Mitt Romney and big banks would “put y’all back in chains.”

The media immediately freaked out over the latest “gaffe” — never mind the fact that Biden meant exactly what he said — and Republicans soon followed with an eruption of outrage that any politician would dare to use racially charged imagery in a campaign.

Presumptive nominee Mitt Romney led the way, attacking President Obama for running a campaign of “hatred” that tries to divide Americans on “income, age, ethnicity and so-forth.”

Even in Mitt Romney’s post-truth campaign, this complaint is almost too rich to believe. It’s bad enough that Romney would complain about attack ads — given that 90 percent of his own ads since June have been negative — but complaining about racial politics is embarrassing even by Romney’s Etch-a-Sketch standard. This is the same Mitt Romney who has spent most of the past two weeks claiming that President Obama wants to drop the work requirement from welfare, an attack that is both blatantly false and an obvious attempt to stoke racial division. The same Romney who looks to Arizona’s “show me your papers” law as a national model. The same Romney who has leaned on bigoted conspiracy theorist Donald Trump as a key surrogate and fundraiser. We’re meant to believe that this man finds Joe Biden’s use of the word “chains” to be completely unacceptable?

Never willing to pass up an opportunity for faux outrage, many other Republicans finally treated Romney like the standard-bearer that he’s supposed to be, and followed him into battle.

“If that’s not the nail in the coffin, really, the strategists there in the Obama campaign have got to look at a diplomatic way of replacing Joe Biden on the ticket,” Sarah Palin said on — where else? — Fox News.

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  • WhutHeSaid

    Republicans faking racially tolerant outrage? Here is my shocked face: :-0

  • I’m telling you America, he’s showing his “True Colors”, he is showing us his “Real” poker hand…

    Could this be his “Idea” of drawing the African American vote, more votes in general? He underestimates every American…Every walk of life …Does’nt he?

    • Joseph Hemphill

      WTF are you talking about ??

  • PatBlessman

    Biden’s assessment was right on target. Romney’s plan would reduce/eliminate access to the tools for upward mobility. “Chain” for those who are not independently wealthy or don’t have a stock portfolio to live off of.


    • Get a dictionary. You have no life.

    • BDD1951

      Stephen, it’s people like you that is destroying America.

    • annienoel

      There’s this thing called spell check…and take the all caps off. Obama isn’t draining medicare…Turn off FAUX not news.

    • oldtack

      Stephen Reid
      Stop your scam. On this forum you post in all capitals. You misspell numerous simple words and chop you reply so that it is nonsensical giving the impression you are somewhat illiterate.

      You are a High School graduate (1966) and have some College credits. You are not old you are 63 and that is young.

      Use this forum for your Right wing Tea Party influenced diatribes but – get off the masquerade.

    • politicalhack1

      I am also a senior, the only difference between you and me is that I research what I say, and I can see the words without capitalizing everything. I am getting tired of this crap pouring out of uneducated seniors mouths that Obama is somehow raiding Medicare. Obamacare only rearranged the medicare budget and cut some waste. Where do you think your free exams are coming from, as well as other fully paid services…..God?

    • Oh give me a break! Romney is doing the same thing by making this issue a mountain out of a mole hill. If you are a senior with any brains, you had better wake up and smell the coffee. Romney is not about helping seniors. If he wins, I give it 1 year at the most before you’ll be slapping yourself for voting for him.

    • Joseph Hemphill

      Stephen, you sound like the crazy old man shaking his fist at the kids screaming ” get off my lawn”, turn off the fox news, you will be better for it.

    • ExPAVIC


      Please use your spell checker.

  • I wonder if Republicans understand, or care, about the relationship between their comment about “shackles” and VP Biden’s comment about “chains”…

  • Don’t let the GOP’s feigned indignation distract you, their goal is to shift our attention from Mitt’s tax returns and overseas tax shelter to ridiculous issues such as this, and it looks like they are succeeding. The best thing we could do is to remain focused. I believe the tax return issue is very relevant to Romney’s eligibility to be President inasmuch as it reflects on his character and honesty. Yes, I realize how painful it must be for the GOP to acknowledge that the leader of the 49% of our population that they have demonized for months happens to be their presidential candidate!

    • highpckts

      Ann Romney says by showing their past returns it will just give the DEMS more reasons to lie and hurt them! Huh? What is in those tax returns????

  • I watched Sean Hannity on Fox News that night and he was literally foaming at the mouth over Biden’s comment. I loved it when Biden came back by saying he said exactly what he meant to say. The Teapublicans can say the most outrageous things about President Obama and it’s ok. But one sound bite from a Democrat and its all this fake outrage. Where is the outrage over stuff Sherriff Joe, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin et al have all said?

    • WhutHeSaid

      I don’t know about Sarah and Donald, but hopefully Joe will soon be sharing a cell with his own inmates. I hope he likes pink boxers as much as he likes forcing other people to wear them. What a useless piece of walking camel dung.

      • ExPAVIC


        You are referring to RoMoney and Ryan aren’t you?

  • GAgrambo

    Read UNCLE TOM’S CABIN Pages 214-215 and think for yourself. Yes Romney/Ryan WOULD usher in a nation of workers in bondage to their corporate Masters. Those workers would have poor voting access, lousy healthcare, very restricted reproductive choice, a food supply designed to enrich agribusiness while depriving the masses of ACTUAL nutrition, no environmental protections and a tax code that punishes disadvantage while rewarding “heirloom wealth”.

  • Tom_D44

    Biden is a moron and he shows it every time he speaks. He has, once again, showed how classless he can be and has marginalized the second highest office in the US. Obama would do well to can him. You all can protect him to keep your partisan world intact, but what he said was degrading to people of color, and he could have made the same point, with the same impact, without going there. Does he really think that what the country is facing is a joke? And is there at least one liberal out here that would at least agree that this was not necessary, regardless of what Hannity, Beck, or Rush says? Come on people there have to be at least some liberals out there with some moral character who think what he said was wrong.

    • oldtack

      Come down off your fake racist outrage pedestal and get real. You are one that ignores any diatribe from your favored side but are hot and avid to attack the opposing side for the slightest hint of racial utterance.
      he may have been speaking in a high percentage black area but what he said applies to all who are not in the upper 2% – and – if you are not one of those few then your butt is going to be right there in the sling with the rest of us regardless of your race creed, color or Religion.

      Your fake outrage is akin to the fake outrage a few years back when a person in Government used the 100% correct legitimate word “niggardly” in reference to a proposed piece of legislation. It’s pure BS regardless of which side of the aisle it comes from.

    • highpckts

      I fail to see how anyone of any INTELLIGENCE could have connected Bidens remarks on chains with the black race and slavery!!

    • ExPAVIC


      Ask Mittens how many Afro-Americans he has working for him, other than the stable boys who care for his expensive horses who live better than many minorities in this country.

  • Romney is desperate for any sort of distraction, however spurious.

  • CaptainWes

    To Steven Reed, and all those who think like him ( I am not able to post this as a reply ) –

    I don’t know what your problem is, but it is NOT a problem with fantasy – you have that down pat, along with a poor grasp of spelling. IF you think the PAC monies are the problem, then follow the money back to the source – REPUBLICAN backers. They put up millions of dollars to tell lies to the public, because the truth is fatal to their cause. They want to enslave the working class by cutting access to education, health care, and basic human rights, and get them to think they are PRIVELEGED to be paying the extra taxes levied on them if they are lucky enough to have a job.

    I am a near senior – my Social Security and Medicare are set for when I retire. But, the ones that follow, well, to put it nicely, the Republican Party has them Screwed,. Blued, and Tattooed.

  • Landsende

    If anyone brought race into the discussion it was R&R who want to “unshackle” Wall Street. Unshackle means to remove the cuffs or chains that bind. They could have said they want to deregulate Wall Street and that wouldn’t have had a racial connotation but they thought it would sound better than what their true intentions are. VP Biden was just using the same analogy they did. Their outrage is just a smoke screen to divert attention away from the fact that neither Romney nor Ryan won’t disclose more than two years of tax returns. What are they trying to hide? Maybe the fact that they paid far less in taxes than a low income earner or no taxes at all and are hiding their wealth overseas. Or that Romney was still running Bain after he “retroactively” resigned.



    As proof as to how the American Taliban Republicans feel about Afro-Americans do a head count during the ATR convention next week. You will find, as I have in the past, that there are scant few nonwhite faces in the crowd to the count of about in three or less in every one hundred faces.

    That is unless Karl Rove uses his fact bending mentality and imports some paid fill ins just to make the situation look less obvious than reality would indicate. My guess is that you will see few other than the lily white crowd that prevails in the ATR population and in their thinking.