Joe Biden’s performance at the debate on Thursday night wasn’t a total disaster, and that’s not saying much.
One answer he gave however, has got lots of Democrats very worried about him as the potential nominee.
It was the response he gave about the “record player.”
The Ticking Time Bomb in Biden’s ‘Record Player’ Answer
Once upon a time, in the long ago pre-social media days, it took a day or so for the full impact of a debate answer to emerge. When President Gerald R. Ford declared in 1976, “there is no Soviet domination of Poland,” it took a day’s worth of analysis for the firestorm of ridicule to ignite.
You’d think in an age of instant communication that would no longer be true. But the next day or so will tell us whether an answer Joe Biden gave in Houston might come back to haunt him.
Biden was asked about race and inequality, and this is the long, rambling, bizarre answer he gave:
“Well, they have to deal with the—look, there’s institutional segregation in this country. From the time I got involved, I started dealing with that. Redlining banks, making sure we are in a position where—look, you talk about education. I propose is we take the very poor schools, triple the amount of money we spend from $15 to $45 billion a year.
Give every single teacher a raise to the $60,000 level. Number two, make sure that we bring in to help the teachers deal with the problems that come from home. The problems that come from home, we have one school psychologist for every 1,500 kids in America today. It’s crazy. The teachers are—I’m married to a teacher, my deceased wife is a teacher. They have every problem coming to them. Make sure that every single child does, in fact, have 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds go to school. Not day care, school. Social workers help parents deal with how to raise their children. It’s not like they don’t want to help, they don’t know what to do.
Play the radio, make sure the television—excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the—make sure that kids hear words, a kid coming from a very poor school, a very poor background will hear 4 million words fewer spoken by the time we get there.”
Watch the video:
BIDEN: "Play the radio. Make sure the television, excuse me, make sure you have the RECORD PLAYER on at night, the phone…" pic.twitter.com/FDs4Y06qBI
— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) September 13, 2019
If Democrats nominate Joe Biden, they will be right to be concerned.
He’s not going to improve with age.