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Joe Biden says what needs to be said:

"You know, the idea here that somehow these guys are, once again, injecting fear and loathing into this campaign I think is mildly dangerous," Biden added. "I mean, here you have out there these kinds of, you know, incitements out there — a guy introducing Barack using his middle name as if it's some epitaph or something. This is over the top."

On ABC’s "Good Morning America" the Democratic vice presidential candidate said that since Palin announced that the "heels are on, the gloves are off" she has crossed the line at her rallies and is encouraging supporters who Biden believes are going "overboard."

"I think it goes way too far," Biden said. "Look, this really is a case where when you don't have anything to talk about, attack. And it gets really over the edge."

"I mean, some of the stuff she's saying about Barack Obama and the stuff that people are yelling from the crowd, if she hears it, she should be at least saying, whoa, whoa, whoa; that's overboard. I mean, you know, this is — this is volatile stuff. And it's — I just — I felt we were kind of beyond this place that it seems to be going."

My favorite line is this:

...the stuff that people are yelling from the crowd, if she hears it, she should be at least saying, whoa, whoa, whoa; that's overboard.

I was hoping Obama would say something similar to this last night, but the opportunity didn't present itself. Thank God Biden is saying it today because it needs to be said.

By NOT calling them out on this hate, McCain/Palin are essentially condoning it. And that's just disgusting.

Thanks Joe.

Originally posted to jbalazs on Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 08:19 AM PDT.

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  •  I dunno what Biden really said (4+ / 0-)
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    ExStr8, JFinNe, planetclaire4, cishart

    Biden added. "I mean, here you have out there these kinds of, you know, incitements out there — a guy introducing Barack using his middle name as if it's some epitaph or something. This is over the top."

    But the correct word is "epithet", not "epitaph".

    An epithet is a short characterizing word or phrase, often abusive, used to describe a person.

    An epitaph is an inscription on a person's tomb or gravestone.

  •  I knew . . (3+ / 0-)
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    jbalazs, planetclaire4, Loose Fur

    Honestly, I knew that Joe Biden would bring this up this morning.

    Good for him.  The media has been horrible on this.  You basically have a "feeding frenzy " of right wing rascist's willing to go to extreme lenghts to prevent someone who they disagree with from becoming president, and they stroke the fires in a without a care in the world of what they are doing, and nobody in the media has basically done anything to temper there actions.

  •  Each opportunity to ifnored by Palin to correct (2+ / 0-)
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    TexasDemocrat, planetclaire4

    the crowd for the hate being spewed from the audience (mob) escalates the behavior of the mob.  It is possibly dangerous and is rebranding the republican party to the viewer.  The new brand?  The party of racists, haters, ignorance, and religious extremism.  

    For the millions of young people choosing a party to identify with--the GOP faithful are allowing Palin to build a wall, brick by brick, as she and McCain desperately try to win.  This wall will be very hard, if not impossible to dismantle in the forseeable future.  For conservatives that remain silent  there is a reckoning.  I am not sure if 8 years will be enough time to forget the extremism and to try to woo the first time voters of this election.

    "The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled." -Plutarch

    by DEQ54 on Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 08:29:02 AM PDT

  •  it... (1+ / 0-)
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    planetclaire4

    It is particularly important, given the threats made against Obama already by racial extremist groups...The media needs to start asking the McCain campaign whether they intend to publicly denounce these statements from their public crowds...

    TexasDemocrat
    John McCain will never be over Macho Grande

    by TexasDemocrat on Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 08:30:58 AM PDT

  •  Taking the low road to the highest position in (1+ / 0-)
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    jbalazs

    the land!  Go Joe.

    Droogie... I know you're in here somewhere.

    by blueocean on Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 08:38:07 AM PDT

  •  And today.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...McSame and Caribou Barbie are in Bethlehem PA. The Lehigh Valley, believe it or not, is a hotbed for racism in PA. The area between Pittsburgh and Philly is known as "Pennsyltucky" to many.

    The KKK has had a resurgence here, as well as the Keystone State Skinheads. PA will turn blue, but it is mostly because of Pittsburgh and Philly...and liberals who have moved to Northeastern PA and the Lehgh Valley from NJ and NY for cheaper housing.

    NEPA is made up of a lot of conservative democrats who were Hillary supporters-- a lot of Italians and Irish folks who do not like minorities. Republican Lou Barletta, running only on the immigration issue, will probably win a seat in the House, although anti-immigration legislation in his town of Hazleton PA was struck down as unconstitutional.

    I am sure Palin will feel right at home in Pennsyltucky!

  •  Joe is kicking some major ass right now (1+ / 0-)
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    jbalazs

    His best speech in the campaign sofar...

    "You know last week I had a debate with Gov Palin... At least I think it was a debate".

    "You can't call yourself a maverick if you've been a sidekick."

    He is destroying McCain right now...

    It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn

    by Friar on Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 08:57:50 AM PDT

    •  I agree with you -- (0+ / 0-)

      I have listened to lots of Joe Biden speeches (I'm a fan from way back) and I really thought this was the best I've ever seen him.  He was relaxed and confident, funny, compassionate, but also ON FIRE.  Really took the McCain/Palin camp to the woodshed as they richly deserve.  It was great!  Hope there is video because I'd like to watch this one again.

      Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government is on the high road to permanent glory. --Molly Ivins

      by goheelsgodems on Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 01:54:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  haha (0+ / 0-)

    I love Biden's (probably) unconcious use of Hunter S. Thomspon's famous phrase, "fear and loathing".

    "Bill Clinton does not inhale marijuana, right? You bet. Like I chew on LSD but I don't swallow it." - Hunter S. Thompson

    by lexifer on Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 03:38:15 PM PDT

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