You can't spell Biden, without Id.
And Vice-President Biden is id personified. Joe says what everybody else should be thinking.
When the media was kowtowed into revering the post-9/11 leadership of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Joe the Id, gave the country and indeed, the world permission to move on and call out those who would exploit that horrible moment for short-term political gain when he declared at the 2008 Democratic presidential debate:
(0:31) "The irony is, Rudy Giuliani, probably the most under qualified man since George Bush to seek the presidency, is here - talking about any of the people here. Rudy Giuliani. I mean think about it, Rudy Giuliani, there's only three things he mentions in a sentence — a noun and a verb and 9/11 and I mean, there's nothing else. There's nothing else."
When the historic Affordable Care Act passed, the President, historians and pundits waxed eloquently about the import of the moment, but Joe the Id, summed up decades of effort in a hot mic moment and instantly a meme was born.
Now Joe the Id has turned his attention to Mendacious Mitt.
He was in Waterloo, Iowa today and he gave a taste of what we can expect more of as we get closer to November. Just as he did with Rudolph Giuliani, in a few short sentences Joe gets to the heart of what's not to like about Mitt Romney's quest to add the White House to his achievement portfolio.
"Romney called the President ‘out of touch’ for encouraging young people — you — to try to get manufacturing jobs. ‘Out of touch.’
“Out of touch?"
“A prospective president with a Swiss bank account and a retirement account in the Cayman Islands. Anyone here have a Swiss bank account? Did you ever think the nominee of a major political party running for President would have a Swiss bank account?
“Talk about out of touch.”
This line of advocacy is credible particularly when you recall Sen. Biden's distinguished legacy as one of the least wealthy members of the Senate.
Mr. Biden’s tax returns show why he consistently ranks as one of the least wealthy members of the Senate. He has virtually no outside or investment income and pays a substantial amount in interest on his home mortgage.
For 2007, Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill, paid taxes of $66,273 on an adjusted gross income of $319,853, which included $71,000 in royalties from his book. The couple, who file jointly, claimed $62,954 in deductions, including $995 in gifts to charities and $38,712 in interest payments. They earned $99 in interest on savings accounts and nothing in dividends. - Published: September 13, 2008
None of Mitt's primary rivals in the GOP did a very good job of indelibly defining Mitt. It's becoming clear that the President and Joe will.
Mitt Romney sees himself as a job creator and so does Joe the Id.
“So give Mitt Romney credit: He is a job creator. In Singapore. And China. And India.”
The best part about this speech in Iowa is that Joe is just getting warm. There are still about 140 days to keep hammering on Mitt's facade and revealing the stories about the real consequences of Mendacious Mitt's experience as CEO of Bain and Governor of Massachusetts.
“As governor, his administration signed a $160,000 a month contract that paid people abroad to help poor people in Massachusetts get food stamps.
“And when the Massachusetts Legislature passed a bill saying you couldn’t outsource state contracts overseas ... he vetoed it.”
Joe knows how to move from the abstract to the personal, as he breaks down the consequences of Mitt's actions:
"So here's the cruel irony: An unemployed worker in Massachusetts picks up his or her own telephone, calls the state of Massachusetts to ask about their unemployment benefits and she ends up talking to someone in another country that her job was outsourced to," Mr. Biden said amid boos from the crowd.
A few more gems from Joe's visit to Waterloo:
“His whole career, Mitt Romney has looked at the American worker as part of the problem…
“The president and I see you — the American worker — as part of the solution."
“We will never outsource our way to greatness.
Joe has only just begun. During the debates, he won't be hamstrung like he was when he had to share a stage with the Quitta from Wassilla, so I can't wait to see Joe do what he does best as he finds the words to permanently end the Presidential aspirations of a candidate even worse than Rudy Giuliani.