Asking Biden the "Hard Questions"

A popular right-wing complaint about Barack Obama is that the Democratic frontrunner is in a protective bubble, insulated from the press. This bit of Bushian – or Palinesque, if you prefer – projection is demonstrably false; Obama has given dozens of high-profile interviews and hundreds of local ones, as has Joe Biden. But that’s not what the complaint is about. By seducing the press with a silver tongue, a shimmy in his hips and a twinkle in his eye, the presumptuous “celebrity” politician avoids the “hard questions” that people suffering from repeated exposure to FOX News and talk-radio find relevant. Or coherent. Even Bill O’Reilly fell under the spell of the Anointed One, failing to probe him with the kind of searing questions that would reveal, once and for all, the deviousness of this Black Muslim Communist Atheist Fascist, etc, etc.

And so it was a blessing unto the True Believers that one of their own was finally able to confront……well, not Obama himself, but Joe Biden. But Orlando’s own Barbara West of WFTV wasn’t going to let that stop her from asking the “hard questions” that other “journalists” were to too “scared” or “sane” to ask. Tricked into thinking he’ll be interviewed by someone from this planet, Biden is unsuspecting prey to West’s journamalism. Let’s watch []:

WEST: You may recognize this famous quote. From each according to his abilities to each according to his needs. That’s from Karl Marx. How is Sen. Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?

BIDEN: Are you joking? Is this a joke?


BIDEN: Is that a real question?

WEST: It’s a real question.

West is correct. It is a question. It’s an interrogative sentence with a clear subject and verb. Technically, it is a real question. It’s not a smart question, or one that anyone who knew anything about Marxism or Obama’s economic policy would ask, but a question nonetheless. West then hit Biden with a favorite wingnut tactic – the false assumption straw man with the non sequitur dismount:

WEST: Now you recently said “Mark my words. It won’t be six months before the world tests Barack Obama.” But what worries many people is your caveat asking them to stand with him because it won’t be apparent that he got it right. Are you forewarning the American people that something might not get done and that America’s days as the world’s leader might be over?

BIDEN: No, I’m not at all. I don’t know who’s writing your questions but let me make it clear to you. The fact of the matter is that everyone with knowledge, from Colin Powell on down, the next president, whether it’s John McCain or Barack Obama. The reason is our weakened position in the world. We’re stretched thin throughout the world. Our economy is in freefall right now. And they’re gonna be tested. And the point I was making is that Barack Obama is better prepared to handle any crisis than John McCain…

The reason that the national media hasn’t picked up West’s unique line of questioning is because they’re stupid questions and they want to keep their jobs. Having your peers laugh openly at you for a display of idiocy that makes Jonah Goldberg look witty is no recipe for professional longevity, much less respect. And it’s not like she hadn’t already heard the answers she was looking for, having asked John McCain pretty much the same things [].

But West’s biggest crime is a wasted opportunity. If she had the chance to corner Joe Biden in a verbal gaffe, which is like shooting large, sleepy fish in a very, very small barrel, there were so many other “hard questions” she could have asked that would get him spluttering in disbelief and get a bigger rise out of the base at the same time. For example:

– “Random people on the internet are not satisfied with Obama producing his Certificate of Live Birth. So which is he, Kenyan or Indonesian?”

– “When Obama legalizes abortion in the 6th trimester, will he be performing the baby-murders himself, or will he use a surrogate?”

– “Obama claims he was only eight years old when Bill Ayers blew up Washington, DC, but reliable accounts put a small black child in the DC area at the time of the bombings. How does Obama account for this huge discrepancy in his alibi?”

– “If Obama could go back in time and kill one person, either Adolph Hitler or Osama bin Laden, which one would he choose? If it’s bin Laden, why does Obama hate Jews? And if it’s Hitler, why does he hate America?”

There are all things Barbara West could have asked, if only she had put her country first and asked the really hard questions, instead of playing pat-a-cake with Biden like a media lapdog, ceding her responsibility as a journalist to parrot the Obamessiah’s propaganda.

Why does Barbara West hate America?

– Michael Turner