As if on cue after saying some rather unintelligent things on Sunday, Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa wasted no time saying some unkind things on Monday about political opponents and invoking some of the most martial rhetoric we’ve had in this nascent presidential campaign season. He said them from the same podium Obama spoke from 20 minutes later. I’ll not quote them—we try to keep our discourse raised at a Catholic site—but you can read them (if you’ve not already heard about them) here.
The same day, speaking to another huge union gathering, Vice President Joe Biden referred to his political opponents as “barbarians at the gates” with the unionists being the only ones keeping them at bay.
Yesterday Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, established that the President cannot be associated with those comments, even though Biden is Obama’s number 2, and Hoffa’s were part of his warm-up to Obama’s talk and were directed at his support for Obama.
Now some are wondering if the President will repudiate either of those comments or apologize for them.
Anything is possible, I suppose: I could start in center field for the Indians tomorrow (and given their spate of injuries, who knows?), but color me doubtful.
If Obama does repudiate either of them or apologize on their behalf he would be seen as even more spineless by those who value such rhetoric, and as a man who willingly associates with unsavory and/or unhinged characters by those who don’t. Quite a pickle for the man who was supposed to heal the earth’s scars and make Washington’s lions lie down with lambs.
None of this surprises anyone who has been paying attention, given his history of living according to the Chicago way, Alinskyite agitation, and cavorting with terrorists and criminal organizations. But it certainly doesn’t *help* his already dismal re-election chances to be caught in such a public catch-22.
If he were at all likeable, honorable, or good at his job he might even be a pitiable character.
And I do expect that the next time someone who is not a candidate for the other side says something remotely nasty or martial, those who are defending Hoffa, Biden, and Obama will rush to defend said person. “Good for the goose,” after all.