Time For Whac-A-Joe

Posted: April 16, 2014

Remember that kids’ game popular a few years back, “Whac-a-Mole,” the one where moles popped up and you clobbered ’em with a mallet? Well, perhaps it’s time to institute a political version of the exercise ... called “Whac-a-Joe.”

This is how it works: Anytime Vice President Joe Biden sallies forth with an inane comment the mallets come out — figuratively, of course. It’s not our wish to hurt the poor Joe, but merely to let him know his inanity will not pass without recognition. So, whenever Mr. Biden insists “jobs” is a “three-letter word” (and even proceeds to spell it!), his hair weave gets biffed.

Are we being facetious? Of course. But, to turn serious for a moment, not all Mr. Biden’s gaffes are the stuff of comedy. Late last month, for example, pandering before a Hispanic audience, the vice president said this about illegal immigrants: “You know, 11 million people live in the shadows. I believe they’re already American citizens.” Between this remark — a slap, really, at the many legal immigrants waiting in line for citizenship — and Jeb Bush’s recent “act-of-love” jawdropper, it’s tough to determine which was the more outrageous, or irresponsible.

We can debate, or belabor, these points in rebuttal until we’re blue in the face, but we’ll refrain. Readers of this page know where we stand. But we’ll leave you with this observation about the necessity of securing this nation’s borders (and, thus, maintaining our sovereignty), courtesy of Rockingham County (N.C.) Sheriff Sam Page, whose locality sits on the second busiest drug-trafficking route in the South for Mexican cartels:

“We can’t have open borders. We need to track who’s coming in and out of our country. If we don’t know who’s here, how are we going to protect ourselves?”

Perhaps we should hand Sheriff Page the mallet.

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