Tim has already linked to the Biden issue, but it is just sooo juicy and soo delicious I felt the need to break out of my hibernation and talk about it. Let;s frist clear some things up- Biden will never be the President. Never ever ever. So maybe this disastrous performance this early has saved you, me, and the American public a lot of time, energy, and money. On to his money quote:
“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.”
I don’t think Joe Biden is racist, and I don’t think that statement was racist- I think he meant exactly what he meant- Barack Obama is the first black guy running who actually has a chance to win. When he says “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy” he means electable.
And he is right. Sure Jesse Jackson is bright and articulate, and his speech in 1988 is one for the ages. But he was so far out of the mainstream that he would never be elected. The same for Alan Keyes. Al Sharpton is articulate and entertaining, but has a track record of evil behavior (Tawana, anyone?) that will keep him out of the office.
What Joen Biden meant is that Obama is the first black man who has run for President who has a shot at actually winning. I don’t think that can be disputed.
The larger story here is that Biden’s unwise word choice is merely a symptom of his larger problem- the reason he will never be elected. Biden loves the cameras too much- almost as much as he loves the sound of his own voice. When Biden talks (and we have all heard him, as not a week goes by without him on a talk show), people do not know whether he believes what he is saying, or if he is saying what he thinks you want to believe, or if he is just saying things to hear his own voice.
I am sure Biden defenders/supporters can point to things Biden has been right about, and can come up with a list of reasons why he would be a good President, but I think Biden’s image with the American public is one of the guy who had two or three beers, talked freely to let you know what he really thinks, and left you wishing he hadn’t.