For those without video: basically, what happened was that after Joe Biden Opened His Mouth and announced that voting against the President’s job bill would result in more rapes in Flint, Michigan, Jason Mattera of Human Events confronted the Vice President on Biden’s statement. If you watch the video, you’ll see that Mattera ‘ambushed’ VP Biden by cruelly saying the magic word ‘picture:’ this of course caused Biden to go into full Pavlovian politician mode… thus freezing him for just long enough for Mattera to ask Biden on the record whether that language was appropriate for a sitting Vice President. Biden then attempted to push out a cloud of link by standing by his statement that rapes were up three times in Flint – which, by the way, Factcheck.org calls a ‘whopper;’ i.e., a lie – and then made a hasty retreat.
Background here: short version, the White House allegedly told the San Francisco Chronicle that one of their pool reporters was persona non grata after she committed the heinous crime of recording and reproducing a bunch of activists embarrassing themselves and the President via some bad choral singing. This offended the Chronicle… particularly when the White House (again allegedly) then started threatening the paper if they talked about this.
Which is, by the way, a stupid threat to make to a newspaper.
Anyway, now the Chronicle reports that the White House is in full “Who, us? Threat? Somebody made a threat to the paper? That doesn’t sound like something that we’d do” mode on the threat, which suggests that a grown-up finally noticed what the kids were doing in the back seat. Or that the Executive branch staff is about to implode from sheer incompetence. Seven-five odds and pick ’em.
PS: Remember: these are the same people who we’re trusting with our nuclear arsenal. Have a nice day!
You no doubt remember the brouhaha last week when several activists at a San Francisco embarrassed themselves and the President by (badly) singing a whining complaint about the administration’s treatment of Bradley Manning. At the time, it was widely assumed that the White House would simply shrug off said whining complaint: after all (and as the singers themselves had made clear), the President could still count on the protesters’ money, time, energy, and votes. In fact, given the general triviality of the situation, President Obama would need to have a very, very, very thin skin indeed in order to make plausible a scenario where he lashed out at somebody for the embarrassment.
Like most of my posts, Dijongate could have and probably should have fallen into the black hole of internet punditry, never to be seen or heard of again. But the reaction from the nutroots was widespread and swift, and they have kept the story alive.
What gives here? Why the out-sized reaction? If this is a non-story, why is the left obsessed with it?