Biden’s gaffes signify hypocrisy

While he makes regular gaffes comparable to President Bush, little criticism has been made.

Ronald Dixon

A month before the 2014 midterm elections, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered some useful advice for anyone wishing to run for office: Always have a cameraman follow your every move. 

“If I had been able to see the camera, I would have remembered that I was talking to the whole world, not just the man,” Romney told  Mark Leibovich of the New York Times, referring to his infamous remark that “47 percent  of the people … will vote for the president no matter what.”

While one could certainly apply Romney’s suggestion to  many other politicians, there’s still one that doesn’t seem to care whether he commits gaffes in the limelight: Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden has been known to cause controversy with his off-the-cuff statements. Last month, for example, he referred to bankers as “Shylocks,” an anti-Semitic slur. He also called Asia “the Orient” and complimented a former senator who resigned from office after multiple sexual harassment allegations.  Last week, when a Harvard student speaking to Biden identified himself as the vice president of the student body, Biden joked, “Isn’t that a bitch?” 

Interestingly enough, none of these examples made the front-page news, and progressives aren’t holding Biden’s remarks against him.

Perhaps it’s because he is well-known for his political incorrectness?

Regardless of reason, we should be more critical of Biden’s remarks. After all, progressives were the first to laugh at President George W. Bush’s gaffes.