From his secret bunker underneath his Oval Office desk, Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to be his point man on budget negotiations, then promptly sent him off on a world tour, before crawling back into his mattress-fort, where he reportedly resides fetal-style.
With the Democrats screaming for leadership, and the president cowering, Joe Biden has stepped into the breach, and reached out to Republican leadership to talk budget. Reached out with a long arm, from exactly the place most Democratic economic policy seems to be emanating from these days: the former Soviet Union:
At the same time, Vice President Joe Biden, delegated as a top budget negotiator by Obama, pursued a semi-comical second track: reaching out long distance to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s dacha.
Boehner and McConnell were not charmed. Quipped one GOP aide: “The idea of the vice president managing budget negotiations on Capitol Hill from the Russian prime minister’s dacha might seem unrealistic even in a James Bond movie.”
Can't you see the Russkie whispering sweet nothings into Biden's ear about the glories of socialism, government-run medicine, and printing up huge caches of cash, then turning to his comrades and giggling uncontrollably as Biden repeats this advice pro forma?
OK, maybe that didn't happen. But the optics of negotiating budget from deep inside Russia are brutal. But it may beat passing notes underneath the president's desk to a sorry, pathetic man sniveling about the unfairness of it all...