Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What if Sara said this?

"When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed." (Joe Biden to Katie Couric.) Of course, the stock marked crashed in 1929--three years before FDR was elected—and there was no television. Imagine if Governor Palin had uttered this.  Is it unreasonable to assume the media would have made more out of it?  


  1. Probably not, because no one seriously believes Palin knows much about such matters, and silly errors like this emphasize the point. Biden, on the other hand, is a well-known shooter-off-of-mouth, and so he probably gets a pass where lots of politicians would not. This is not necessarily prejudice, or even unfair; it's just the way the world sometimes works.

  2. I agree it is a gaff which would have gotten some media attention if it had come from Palin. However, this leads to a more sinister revelation, that Biden isn't getting any media attention at all. No one wants to pay attention to traditional Washington elites. Hence much of Obama's success.

  3. At least not when there is a new and blinding quasar in the room (Palin).

  4. http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZmU3YzIyZDU1ZTM2OTc1MTI0Mzc3Njc3ODFmYzZjNWY=

    Makes the entire point.


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