Take heart, gaffetastic Joe Biden! If you do manage to stumble your way to the Democrat nomination, know that the liberal media will be there for you, spinning your every misstep into something positive!
Take the Washington Post's David Ignatius on today's Morning Joe. He was commenting on Biden's flip-flop on the question of whether he would comply with a Senate subpoena in an impeachment trial regarding his and son Hunter's activities on Ukraine. Biden went from flatly telling the Des Moines Register that he would not comply, to telling an audience, and later tweeting, that he, in fact, would comply.
Ignatius managed to turn Biden's transparent about-face for political reasons into a positive mark of his willingness to change positions as necessary, as compared to President Trump.
"The fact that we saw this movement in Biden's position over the weekend, probably illustrates what's on balance a positive that he does change positions that are misconceived, at least when compared to the current Chief Executive."
Right on, David! Biden's flip-flop demonstrates statesmanship of veritably Churchillian proportions!
Here's the transcript.
6:16 am ET
YASMIN VOSSOUGHIAN: Joe Biden, after initially saying that he would refuse to testify in a Senate impeachment trial, former vice-president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden, he's now reversing course on that. On Friday, during an appearance before the Des Moines Register editorial board, Biden said that he wouldn’t comply with a subpoena for the testimony, but at an event the next day he backtracked.
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JOE BIDEN: Well first of all, I would obey any subpoena that was sent to me.
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VOSSOUGHIAN: He tweeted in part this: "I want to clarify something I said yesterday. In my 40 years of public life, I have always complied with a lawful order and in my eight years as VP, my office — unlike Donald Trump and Mike Pence — cooperated with legitimate congressional oversight requests.
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DAVID IGNATIUS: I just would note one thing about this series of statements over the weekend. Biden's initial statement was, was just a stupid, I think, attempt to resist a legitimate demand for his testimony.
But he quickly seemed to recognize that. His aides undoubtedly gathered around him. And he changed the statement. What we often see with Donald Trump is, he'll make an unwise statement, and then he'll double down. He'll just never retract a statement; he never will adjust a position. So, in an odd way, the fact that we saw this movement in Biden's position over the weekend, probably illustrates what's on balance a positive that he does change positions that are misconceived, at least when compared to the current Chief Executive.