Vice President of Smart

In 2008, Americans were wary of a major-ticket vice presidential candidate who seemed to be a bit slow on the uptake. This person was constantly making verbal gaffes, and had been accused of plagiarism in their past. Many Americans feared that a candidate this ignorant was too dangerous to have just a single heartbeat away from the presidency.

Not her

Joe Biden is a gaffe machine, we all know that. During his own run in the Democratic presidential primary in 2008, he said that then-Senator Barack Obama was the “first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Picture Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum saying something like that. Any Republican making such a statement would have been ridden out of the political sphere on a proverbial rail. But Biden? Obama put him on his ticket.¬†Later, Biden explained how President Roosevelt comforted Americans after Black Tuesday by going on TV and speaking directly to the people. (Roosevelt was elected president three years after Black Tuesday, and nobody had TVs back then.) In addition to his command of history and the English language, Biden has shown how good with numbers he is, by pointing out that Obama’s priority is a three letter word: J-O-B-S.

The gaffes continue. Moments after telling a mixed-race crowd in Virginia that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wanted to “put y’all back in chains,” Biden went on to enthusiastically exclaim that they could win North Carolina! Today, he added a new one, wondering why America in the 20th century does not lead the world in automobile production.

Of course politicians have slips of the tongue. Frankly, I enjoy Joe Biden’s vice-presidency – I never know what he is going to say next. But after hearing for four years how ignorant Sarah Palin is, can we drop the double standard and admit that Joe Biden is a bit of a dim bulb?

A Big %@#$@ Deal

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