Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Rob Lowe: Not the biggest freak in Atlanta circa '88

All of our Joe Biden prayers were answered today as the greatest thing to happen to Delaware politics since its storied Constitution ratifying days has thrown his hat into the race for the White House.

Biden came out swinging with targets ranging from President Bush to the other Democrats in the primary field. He also, of course, said something weird and creepy. Speaking about Barack Obama, Biden opined:

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

Some have taken this as an unfair back-handed slap at the multi-racial dynamo. Maybe, but Biden is only describing, in his typically blunt terms, the phenomena that has led a popular on-line magazine to begin a feature called The Obama Messiah Watch, which contemplates the latest journalistic evidence Obama might be the son of God.

Still, what's with the clean?

Now if he was associating bright and clean, Biden's quote could be construed as a legitimate, albeit somewhat gratuitous, shot at the sloppy ethical dealings of past black presidential candidates. (And I'm not talking Alan Keyes -- no one would ever let Keyes anywhere near dealings.)

But if he was associating good looking and clean, you've just learned more than you ever wanted to know about Jesse Jackson.

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