Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Biden’s Gaffe Problem

When Obama named Biden as his VP pick, I wrote at the time:

A bigger potential problem is Biden’s tendency to say stupid things when he’s speaking off the cuff. He’s clearly a very intelligent man and he’s also a good speaker, but he strikes me as a guy with a devious sense of humor and a lack of judgment on what he should and shouldn’t say. When he starts riffing with the press he tends to talk too much and say things he shouldn’t be saying in public. If he throws out one of those in the next couple months, that could be a problem.


And here he comes:

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’”

As anyone who isn’t an imbecile knows, this is pure historical ignorance. Roosevelt wasn’t president when the market crashed and he certainly couldn’t have gotten on television in 1929 even if he was. He’s also now publicly conflicted with Obama’s position on the bailout, on “clean coal” (a misnomer if ever there was on) and even criticizing the campaign for one of their own commercials.

He was right about the commercial, of course. It was a stupid and ineffective ad and they should never have made it. But that’s not really the point. Biden is now popping off with a camera in his face as he has always done, with no regard for either reality or for the political viability of his own campaign. Obama has to be second guessing this choice. If he’s not, he should be. His VP pick is throwing up pitches for the McCain campaign to hit home runs with.