When you’ve lost the Boston Globe . . .
From the Globe editorial:
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.
This belies the Obama campaign line that it’s all a “distraction.” What Biden said was contemptible. It was one of his patented inane remarks leavened with extraordinary malice.
What’s also striking about Biden’s remarks that I haven’t seen noted is how condescending they are towards blacks. Put y’all back in chains. Like big daddy white man is warning a group of children about the boogeyman.
What a double standard. If Paul Ryan did this Romney would be announcing a new vice presidential pick today.
Of course, Biden not only got away with “first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean,” he became the clean black man’s vice president. No Republican would have survived such a remark.
H/T to Dylan Byers at Politico.