Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
After disappointing finishes in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden admitted that the state of South Carolina would be his firewall. He’s well aware – even though he tried to walk it back – that if he doesn’t finish strong in their Democratic presidential primary on Saturday, his campaign for all intents and purposes is over.
So with that in mind, you’d think he’d have all his ducks in a row and be on his game, ready to rumble and put up a big fight.
Instead, Biden has mostly gaffed his way through the last several days, with one of the more notable ones being how he told a crowd of mostly African-American voters in Sumter, SC earlier today how he was ready to appoint America’s “first African American woman to the United States Senate.”
To add to that, while giving a speech in Columbia, SC, Biden managed to create a new state (the 58th, perhaps?) by referring to South Carolina as “North South Carolina.”
Being a native North Carolinian myself, I have heard my state called many things, and I’ve heard our neighbors to the south called many things (people frequently mix the two up, because all southern states look alike, you see), but I’ve never heard someone combine the names of both of them to make it sound like there’s a “North” South Carolina in the way there is actually a West Virginia. LOL.
In fairness, he’ll be in both North and South Carolina over the next few days (the North Carolina primary is on Super Tuesday) and he just got them mixed up. I’m sure he meant “South Carolina” and not “North South Carolina” in his Columbia remarks, but Biden just makes it too easy to make jokes at his expense sometimes.
That said, one thing he better hope he doesn’t mix up are the types of barbecue unique to each state. In North Carolina, we have western NC tomato/ketchup-based barbecue sauce and eastern NC vinegar-based barbecue sauce. South Carolina is known for their mustard-based barbecue sauce.
If he flubs on those, all bets are off. Because barbecue wars are a very serious matter in these parts, and candidates for higher office who don’t treat it as such are doomed to fail in their political endeavors…