Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Joe Biden: Insert Foot in Mouth and Other Stories

[I'm so flippin' busy, and there are so many freakin' candidates, I can't stay on top of 'em . . .]

Tonight while cooking dinner and listening to National Public Radio, I heard that Joe Biden had declared himself officially a candidate for the the Democratic ticket.

Right. Got it. Add him to the "in" column. No surprise.

So, tonight, while taking a break from writing, I read through the headlines on the New York Times website. Seems that Biden's coming out party didn't turn out so well.

Apparently, the New York Observer printed a quote from Biden today that has him describing Barak Obama as "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." Ummm, is that meant to be a compliment?

Jesse Jackson, who ran against Biden in 1988, said that he didn't find the comments "off color" but that they were "highly suggestive." Of what, exactly? He didn't say. Racism, perhaps?

This is not the way any candidate wishes to have their candidacy's first day go. He lost the message, and the good press he should have gotten has all gone bad. Indeed, CNN and the NyTimes are reporting other gaffes of the Senator's including inappropriate statements against Indians: "You cannot go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent." Geez.

Unscripted moments like these really let voters in, and of course journalist LOVE this stuff. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, though (I think he's a bombastic ass).

He's going to be on the Daily Show tonight. I look forward to this one.

Others who have recently announced he's setting up an exploratory committee: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is thinking of seeking the Republican nomination. He of the same political stripe as Senator Brownback of Kansas: Christian Conservative. He announced on Meet the Press Sunday morning.

1 comment:

Joe Erjavec said...

Other than Senator Obama, Senator Biden is the other Democratic candidate that I like.

However, it is too bad that he put his foot in his mouth. (It was funny to see him on The Daily Show after that!)