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We’re All Dog-Faced Pony Soldiers Now

Biden Dog Face Pony Soldier
Losing candidates for President are frequently remembered – if they are remembered at all – by the bizarre episodes that characterized or sunk their campaigns. Think Howard Dean’s post-Iowa screech, George Romney’s admission he was “brain washed” and Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment as just a few examples.

But Joe Biden’s weird attack on a New Hampshire college student as a “lying dog-faced pony soldier” put the former Vice President in a category of weirdness all his own.

Madison Moore, a 21-year-old economics student in New Hampshire, asked the former vice president and Democratic presidential contender about his electability on Sunday.

Ms. Moore questioned Biden about coming in fourth place in Iowa when he had so many advantages over his opponents, including his government experience and not having to attend the impeachment trial.

“That’s a good question,” Biden responded, before asking whether Moore had ever been to a caucus. When the visibly nervous young woman said yes she had, he countered, “No you haven’t... You’re a lying, dog-faced pony soldier."

Social media and the legacy media have been in hot competition to find the source (outside Biden’s addled brain) of the allusion and our friend Scott Johnson at Powerline gathered-up the research into a couple of concise paragraphs.

Checking around online, I note that other outlets have gone deeper in their search for the source of the insult:

Biden has used the line before and Reuters reported that he’s said it’s a reference to the 1953 John Wayne movie “Hondo.” A search of the script revealed a few references to pony soldiers and lying, but not together nor with the dog-faced portion.

Some on social media suggested Biden may have been referencing “Pony Soldier,” a 1952 film that starred Tyrone Power and not John Wayne. However, according to Slate, the line as Biden used it never appeared in that film either.

The quote above comes from the Huffpost report under a headline that signals a view of Biden’s descent that is somewhat more in tune with the weirdness than the Post’s: “Lying Dog-Faced What??? Joe Biden Mystifies With Bonkers Joke Insult At Voter.”

The Washington Post and others allied with the Democratic Party’s establishment have been trying to sell the idea that Biden was being jocular or kidding with Ms. Moore, so pardon us for being old fashioned and thinking that calling someone a liar while national TV cameras are rolling is not a joke, but a challenge Joe Biden to a duel level insult.

What’s more, Madison Moore’s question was a perfectly legitimate reality-based question, which Biden deflected with an insult rather than answering.

While the form of Biden’s insulting deflection was something unique that only weird old Joe could ever come up with, deflecting legitimate reality-based questions is par for the course among this year’s field of Democratic presidential contenders.

How are they going to pay for Medicare for all? Deflect to soak the rich.

What do you say to people who don’t want to give up their private health insurance for a government program? Deflect to that’s a “Republican talking point.”

Questions about Democrats incentivizing illegal immigration by being soft at the border and providing health insurance to illegal aliens? Deflect to “you’re a racist and a xenophobe.”

How does your position on abortion differ from what sent Dr. Kermit Gosnell to prison for first-degree murder? That one will never get asked, but anything close is always deflected to “I’m for protecting Roe v. Wade.”

Ms. Moore gave a statement to The Washington Post, later reported by our friends at the Washington Examiner, saying her question was “fair” and that Mr. Biden blew it.

“I asked Joe Biden a fair question. His immediate response was to question whether I had ever attended a caucus. In my nervousness in the presence of the former Vice President, I nodded yes,” she said.

She said that while she never really did attend a caucus, that fact is irrelevant.

“Joe Biden has been performing incredibly poorly in this race,” she said. “His inability to answer a simple question from a nobody college student like me only exacerbates that reality.”

Ms. Moore later told Fox News, “A lot of what [Biden is] saying seems to be really pathos-based and very sad,” she said. “We’ve heard a lot about deaths and cancer and people losing their jobs. And to me, he doesn’t really seem very solution-oriented. I don’t think he has the momentum to carry this to a national election.”

Ms. Moore is right about Biden, but the same could be said about all the other Democratic candidates for President, their complete inability, or more correctly unwillingness, to answer the simple questions average Americans want answered, like, “How are you going to pay for Medicare for all?” or “Should there be any limitation on abortion?” renders them all really pathos-based and very sad.

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NOT a ‘dog faced pony

NOT a ‘dog faced pony sholdier ‘. US Marine! Lock and load, then tank, tank, tank.????????????