The truth is, Sen. Joe Biden is a far worse speaker than even President Bush. His misstatements are common, and his comment on Sen. Barack Obama is only the latest:
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
I can give Biden a pass on this one, with conditions. I’ll assume that, by “clean,” Biden means without major scandals in his past. I’ll also assume that by “the first mainstream African-American” he means “the first mainstream African-American who has a chance of winning the presidency.”
Casual talk. On a daily basis, we fill in the blanks in casual conversations with people we know. If all our words were transcribed and analyzed, we might be accused of all sorts of offenses against morality and logic. But we generally give one another a break. We assume our friends talk in shorthand, that the generalities are subject to exceptions, that they just didn’t have time to mention some important details.
That being said, Biden has other problems. He has brief flashes of brilliance, but he devotes most of his statements to pompous partisanship and tough-guy goofiness.
He has yet to learn there’s a difference between big talk and a big mouth.