Thursday, September 25, 2008

Biden's Gaffe Immunity

"He misspeaks so often, it's hardly news"

"Please. Biden's blunder couldn't matter less. Not because gaffes never matter—they can, if they play into public perceptions of the candidate's character—but because Joe Biden is gaffe-proof. Whatever traps he sets for himself, however many minorities he offends, he always seems to wriggle out. It's almost as if, by committing so many gaffes, he has become immune to their effects. "Joe Biden Makes Gaffe" is the new "Dog Bites Man."

So let me get this straight. The left are admitting their VP pick is blithering idiot but that doesn't matter because everyone knows he's a blithering idiot. And yet the left are comfortable with a blithering idiot as their VP pick. Hey, works for me.

What does this say about Obama's judgement then?

Newsweek, no friend of the Republicans, seems to think Biden's gaffes are important.

"Distracting a campaign is one thing. Distracting a president, a political party and, by extension, the country? Awkward doesn't quite cover it."

VDH offers this:

"In short, the problem is not whether we think the affable Biden's latest slip/goof/outrage is important, but whether we think anything he says any more is important. The next time he tries to offer something serious, from the AIG matter and coal power to campaign ads and Sarah Palin, I think we are at the point where most will smile, ignore him, and think "That's just Biden being Biden." He could give the Gettyburg Address tomorrow, and the public wouldn't know whether he wrote it, whether he was going to retract it, whether it was true, or whether he was serious."

Just what the US needs, a clown as Vice President.

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