I love this Hot Air post. And I love Joe Biden. I'd lay a big, wet, lipstick kiss on him because he's gonna keep talking until John McCain wins in a landslide. Today's talking point? Vote for Obama because he's black.
Biden said the policies of running mate Barack Obama make his presidency even more urgent and declared this to be the most important election that any living person has seen in their lifetime. But he particularly singled out the meaning of electing someone who is black.
"That will be a transformative event in American politics and internationally," Biden said. "That all by itself will be significant."
I can't answer that better than Ed Morrissey did at Hot Air:
It’s an extension of the Identity Politics Primary that the Democrats conducted this year, which boiled down to whether the party would nominate an African-American or a woman rather than look for experience, electability, and individual accomplishments. This has been the subtext of the Obama campaign all along, but Obama and his team have been smart enough to let proxies make that argument at arm’s length from the candidate. Now Biden has made the Obama campaign look like it needs to make overtly racial pleas to garner votes, and to play on fears and guilt of white voters.
This is the beauty of Joe Biden. At least Barack Obama wasn't so open as to tell us we should vote for him because of his blackitude. But I guess accusing your opponent of using the race card hasn't been direct enough to move votes Obama's way. Desperate times call for desperate measures, I suppose. How else to explain Biden begging voters in North Carolina, where Obama is behind by 21 points and which hasn't voted for a Democrat since Jimmy Carter ran in 1976, to vote based on race?