"Mark my words," Biden told donors at a Seattle fund-raiser Sunday night.
"It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America.
"Watch. We're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.
"And he's going to need help . . . to stand with him. Because it's not going to be apparent initially; it's not going to be apparent that we're right."
The logical questions that follow are:
1. Who will generate the crisis?
2. Why will it not be apparent initially?
This is a huge political gift, gift-wrapped and delivered to the doorstep of the McCain HQs. This is precisely why Biden has not been out on the trail so much these days, unlike his GOP counterpart Gov. Palin.
Obama did not mention this in his speech today. However, I have heard two surrogates try to tap dance their way out of this. They are stumbling over their own words, they are desperately trying to clarify what Biden meant, to no avail. I think it's obvious what he meant. But they will spend the day telling us all what he meant, as if we cannot read.
He's on the ropes.