Friday, October 26, 2007

The Biden "stumble"

"Explaining why schools in Iowa are performing better than those in Washington, D.C.," Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden said "There's less than one percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than four of five percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with. When you have children coming from dysfunctional homes, when you have children coming from homes where there's no books, where the mother from the time they're born doesn't talk to them — as opposed to the mother in Iowa who's sitting out there and talks to them, the kid starts out with a 300 word larger vocabulary at age three. Half this education gap exists before the kid steps foot in the classroom" (Washington Post).

The Washington Post called this a "stumble." Wasn't Republican Senator Trent Lott run out of Congress for a similar "stumble?" Do you suppose all those on the Left who called for Lott's resignation will now call for Biden's resignation? Don't hold your breath.


Steve said...

Recliner Commentaries post templates 1, 2 and 3:

1) Liberal A did something bad. I bet this won't get as much attention from the liberal media as when Conservative A did something similar.

2) Conservative Group A protested something. I bet this won't get as much attention from the liberal media as it would have if Liberal Group A protested something.

3) Conservative A did something bad. But it's not nearly as bad as something Liberal A did.


Dennis said...

We'll you've certainly got #1 and #2 right. It happens so frequently I just like to point it out. If the liberal shoes fit....

I don't recall ever arguing #3.