Now, I didn’t make this post to point out what a louse Biden is; sure, he’s as unserious a VP as we’ve had in many a year, but I wanted to call your attention to James Taranto’s WSJ fisking (H/T Instapundit).
He savages Obama’s speech again and again, and calls particular attention to something that Jake Tapper was the first to notice:
In 2010, Obama said,
We’re not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterize whatever proposals are put out there as, ‘Well, you know, that’s — the other party’s being irresponsible. The other party is trying to hurt our senior citizens. That the other party is doing X, Y, Z.
While yesterday, he completely reversed himself, saying,
One vision has been championed by Republicans in the House of Representatives and embraced by several of their party’s presidential candidates…This is a vision that says up to 50 million Americans have to lose their health insurance in order for us to reduce the deficit. And who are those 50 million Americans? Many are someone’s grandparents who wouldn’t be able afford nursing home care without Medicaid. Many are poor children. Some are middle-class families who have children with autism or Down’s syndrome. Some are kids with disabilities so severe that they require 24-hour care. These are the Americans we’d be telling to fend for themselves.
Taranto’s whole piece is good, and drives home the point that this speech was excruciatingly bad.
Makes me glad I didn’t listen to it. Or read it. Hell, if I’d tried fisking it, I’d probably have thrown in the towel after the first 2000 words or so. No speech should be 21 pages long.