There he goes again, and again

September 25, 2008

This is one of the oddest arguments I’ve seen this political season:

Please. Biden’s blunder couldn’t matter less. Not because gaffes never matter—they can, if they play into public perceptions of the candidate’s character—but because Joe Biden is gaffe-proof. Whatever traps he sets for himself, however many minorities he offends, he always seems to wriggle out. It’s almost as if, by committing so many gaffes, he has become immune to their effects. “Joe Biden Makes Gaffe” is the new “Dog Bites Man.”

You make a gaffe, and it could end your political career. But if you’re a walking gaffe machine, you get a pass, and the more mistakes you make, the better off you actually are. It’s the “There he goes again” defense.

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One Response to “There he goes again, and again”

  1. tim zank Says:

    Maybe it’s because Biden is like that blowhard uncle most families have. The one everyone just kind of pacifies and says yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever Uncle Joe. I know I certainly find him inconsequential, I guess most of the media & everybody else does too. Just a rambling old putz.

    You have to admit, he says some hilarious stuff, DAILY.


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