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Wednesday, Jan 31, 2007, 9:09 am

Joe Biden versus Joe Biden’s Mouth

By Brian Zick
David Corn reports on Biden's description of Barack Obama, whom Joe describes as a noteworthy individual in particular because he's an "African-American who is articulate and bright and clean."

update:
Josh Marshall has been on top of this story, and points to a bad transcription compounding Biden's poorly considered choice of words.
I think that Dems looking at this have to see this statement as not a landmine but a friggin' minefield, open to a series of very problematic and not unreasonable interpretations, even if some of the key points weren't nearly as bad as they were portrayed in the Observer transcription.

update 2;
Digby quotes Obama's reaction:
I didn't take Senator Biden's comments personally, but obviously they are historically inaccurate. After all, we've had presidential candidates like Jesse jackson, Shirley Chisholm, Carol Mosely Braun and Al Sharpton. They gave a voice to many important issues through their campaigns and no one would call them inarticulate
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