You know Joe Biden’s gone off the rails when even Sarah Palin can see it

Enjoyed this blog post by Alexandra Petri over at the WashPost:

On Fox News, commenting on Joe Biden’s Danville “Put Y’all Back in Chains” gaffe, Sarah Palin observed: “If that’s not the nail in the coffin, really, the strategists there in the Obama campaign have got to look at a diplomatic way of replacing Joe Biden on the ticket with Hillary.”

It is seldom that you get such good quotes from the pot about the color of the kettle.

Then again, you know you’ve made a gaffe when Sarah Palin is suggesting you might have chosen your words more judiciously. That’s like Charlie Sheen suggesting you might have a substance problem.

But perhaps we should cut her some slack. Vice presidential candidates whose comments prompt everyone in the vicinity to wince uncontrollably for several minutes is a subject no one knows better than Palin. Maybe she and Biden were better matched than we thought.

After the selection of Paul Ryan to fill the VP slot on the ticket (prompting such exciting merchandise as this button!), it is hard not to think back to August 2008, when everyone was cheering Palin as a game-changer. And she was a game-changer, in the sense that Godzilla is a city-changer. Say what you will about Paul Ryan and the potential risks of having to engage in a Serious Mature Debate of his policies, everyone admits one thing about him: He’s no Sarah Palin. If anyone sets off the trademark “Mayday! Mayday! The Veep’s Saying Something” alarm this year, it’s Biden.

And yep, she oughta know. Onion Joe!

20 thoughts on “You know Joe Biden’s gone off the rails when even Sarah Palin can see it

  1. Bryan Caskey

    Bless Joe Biden’s heart. He says that Ryan and Romney are honorable and decent men. Then he basically says that they want to throw old people into the street and put black people back into slavery.

    So, they’re decent and honorable guys, but Joe just has a little quibble with them on the slavery/murder issues. See? This is a positive campaign.

  2. kc

    Geez, Mr. W, use the Google.

    Angry black man. Republicans have tried desperately to paint Obama as angry and aggrieved. Why would they do that? Well, do you remember that Lee Atwater quote you posted a few days ago?

  3. Kathryn Fenner

    “Angry black man” has been a fear-mongerer’s trope for decades, if not centuries– the Stono uprising, say. Why raise it against No Drama Obama otherwise?

  4. Steven Davis II

    I think more people fear “angry black woman” than “angry black man”. Once those ear rings and wig come off, it’s game on.


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