Biden's to-do list, 1/31/07: "Throw hat in ring, shoot self in foot, put foot in mouth"

From Editor & Publisher:

In an interview for the weekly New York Observer, published this morning, Sen. Joe Biden, who has just announced his bid for president, may have shot himself down before he barely got off the ground.

...a comment about Sen. Barack Obama is already coming back to haunt him, judging by the immediate feeding frenzy on cable news and the blogs.

Here's the key section, referring to Obama:

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

No amount of spin is going to make that go away, man.

Now, I'm not invested in Biden as a presidential candidate, so this remark and the damage it will probably do to his latest bid for the presidency doesn't make me rend my garments and gnash my teeth. Biden is becoming a latter-day Adlai Stevenson in regards to the frequency of his Presidential campaigns - I'm sure we'll hear from him again in 2012.

OK, I AM gnashing my teeth, because, politically-correct latte-drinking lib that I am (ha! ha!), I never fail to cringe when I hear 'articulate' used to describe a black person - it's not too far removed, in my mind, from 'credit to his/her race'. 

So here's to ya, Joe. I thank you on behalf of the entire RW idiosphere for providing a nice juicy amuse-bouche for their enjoyment for the next two weeks, or perhaps forever. Now get back to work in the Senate and leave the Dem presidential field at an even 40.

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  • 31 Jan 2007, 10:41 PM Wrymouth wrote:
    You are on a roll re: your titling these days, Cogit. Very pithy and fun.

    Now, Cogit. Whatever gave you the idea that the Amurican voting public could be derailed by a single gaffe?


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    1. 1 Feb 2007, 9:17 PM Wry Mouth wrote:
      BTW, before I read this idea anywhere else, I'll say that it is very likely to me that what Biden meant to say was, "clean-cut," and his brain truncated the phrase during transmission.

      I don't know if that would mollify Jesse Jackson or Don King Al Sharpton, but it sure makes the off-the-cuff statement much more comprehensible and understandable.

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