Good Ol’ Joe

We knew we could count on Joe Biden to cheer up the campaign season. He gave Katie Couric this history lesson:

When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed,” Biden told Couric. “He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.'”

We’re beginning to understand why Barack Obama chose Biden: he was the only potential Veep candidate who knows even less about history than Obama.

Biden goofed more seriously last week when he came out against development of clean coal technology:

“No coal plants here in America.” As Jay Cost asks, “Is he trying to lose western Pennsylvania?”

John McCain lost no time establishing a “Coalition to Protect Coal Jobs.” Today in Ohio, he said:

One important way that we’re going to create jobs here is with the development of additional nuclear power plants and through investments in clean coal technology. We will invest as much as $2 billion a year to develop clean coal technology. America sits on the world’s largest coal reserves, and we have to use it and clean coal technology is the best way. …

“My opponent is against the expansion of nuclear power. His running mate here in Ohio recently said that they weren’t supporting clean coal either.

The Obama camp responded with its usual vitriol and its usual lack of honesty:

This is yet another false attack from a dishonorable campaign. Senator McCain knows that Senator Obama and Senator Biden support clean coal technology. Senator Biden’s point is that China is building coal plants with outdated technology every day, and the United States needs to lead by developing clean coal technologies.

Maybe they haven’t gotten around to watching the video yet. Or else they’re hoping you haven’t.

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