Boston Globe: Biden Should Apologize For “Chains” Remark

The Boston Globe isn’t exactly a bastion of conservatism: in fact, it tends to lean quite left. And the editorial board isn’t as amused by Biden’s remark as so many other Democrats are

When Vice President Joe Biden warned a Virginia rally of hundreds of African Americans that Republican efforts to loosen bank regulations meant “They’re going to put y’all back in chains,” Stephanie Cutter, Team Obama’s deputy campaign manager, said the president would have “no problem with those comments.”

But imagine if Republican Paul Ryan uttered comments like that. Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president would be pilloried for racial insensitivity – and so would Romney. In the fight for civility and substance over pointless hyperbole, Biden may not be the worst offender. But he’s an offender nonetheless, and he should apologize. (snip)

Liberals routinely dismiss Biden’s gaffes as the rhetorical excesses of an overly exuberant speaker – it’s “Joe being Joe.” And there can be something appealing about a politician who throws caution and the script that goes with it to the winds. Yet when conservative speakers get overly exuberant and cross a rhetorical line, they are presumed racist or culturally insensitive, rather than refreshingly free-spirited. One standard should apply.

There should be one standard, but as long as Democrats have free reign to say whatever they want and get away with it because 90% (that number could have dropped a bit since the study came out, but certainly not by much) of the media votes Democrat, there won’t be one standard.

Joe Biden has been given pass after pass for his comments, while Republicans have been assaulted, which is easy when the media is complicit in the politics of personal destruction.

Will we get an apology from Joe? Will he say “sorry”? We can put it in the doubtful to good luck with that category. Democrats are allowed to be bigots, insensitive, and racists because they just want to help the people they are being bigoted, racially insensitive, and plain insensitive to. his vorpal sword is a good example, utterly trying to protect Biden.

Powerline wonders why Team Obama didn’t walk back Biden’s comment, and comes to the conclusion “These are plausible explanations, I think. But we should also consider the possibility that Obama affirmatively wants to stand by Biden’s race-baiting.”

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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