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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Biden says election of Palin as VP would be "obviously a backward step for women"

I firmly believe that between now and November 4th, Joe Biden will be Barack Obama's gift to the GOP that just keeps on giving. Today's offering:

Asked by a local television reporter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin if electing Palin would be a step forward for women, Biden said, "well look, I think the issue is what does Sarah Palin think? What does she believe?"

"I assume she thinks and agrees with the same policies that George Bush and John McCain think," Biden added. "And that's obviously a backward step for women."

This is of a piece with the deranged leftists who insist that Gov. Palin is "not a real woman" because she dares to choose life over abortion, or the GOP over the Democrats.

It's possible to become so thoroughly saturated with partisan politics that it turns one into a complete moron. Every question, every issue, must be answered in a fashion deemed "correct" and "acceptable" according to the entire spectrum of one's party's positions. When carried to extremes, this becomes so ridiculous that it's actually quite funny, sort of like watching a drunk search for his missing keys only below the lamppost because that's where the light's better.

I believe in equal opportunity regardless of race. Anyone who shares that belief can take satisfaction from the fact that a major party's presidential nominee is black. Although I will campaign and vote against him, if he should be elected, I will nevertheless readily acknowledge that to be a historic symbolic event, and one that should provide further satisfaction to all who believe in equal opportunity regardless of race.

Someone who denies the corollary of that historic symbolism for Gov. Palin's potential achievement is not really a believer in equal opportunity regardless of sex. If accomplishment only "counts" when the accomplisher is a "right-thinking" (meaning here, "left-thinking") woman, that's just another variety of sexism — a particularly ugly one, because its premise is that a woman's own decision about her beliefs on the entire remaining range of issues counts for less than a man's.

I say, then, with confidence, and as a committed believer in equal opportunity regardless of sex, and one who absolutely believes his two daughters ought to have the same opportunities as his two sons: If Joe Biden is elected to the vice presidency, that would obviously be a backward step for women.

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UPDATE (Wed Sep 10 @ 8:25am): I should add one thing which occurred to me last night, in the course of commenting on a post at Patterico's. I don't think that Sarah Palin is the target of Biden's sexism in this remark. Rather, I think the remark is sexist toward American women generally, in that it assumes that all women hold the exact same views and values, or that any who don't are somehow not legitimate or "real women."

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Comments

(1) DRJ made the following comment | Sep 9, 2008 8:02:49 PM | Permalink

Most people would assume Biden is the gaffe-prone side of Obama-Biden. Given Obama's 'lipstick on a pig' quote today, most people would be wrong.

(2) Dan S made the following comment | Sep 9, 2008 9:02:17 PM | Permalink

It seems Barry is also gaffing old fish!

(3) Milhouse made the following comment | Sep 9, 2008 10:00:31 PM | Permalink

I have to disagree, Beldar. I think the fact that a black person or a woman can become president of the USA is a step forward for black people and women, because that used not to be the case. But I also think that if Obama or Clinton were to be elected, that would be a step backward for black people and women, because all USAns, including the black and female ones, would be worse off under either of them. If I were a Democrat, I would think the same thing about Palin, or Thatcher, or any right-winger — male or female, black, white, or brindled. It's great that such a thing could happen, but a pity that it happened with this candidate.

As an Australian Jew, I'm delighted by the fact that when wannabe fascists plotted a coup in the early '30s, they approached John Monash to lead them. It shows the relative lack of serious antisemitism in Australia, even back then. But I'm even more delighted that he refused; had he accepted, and had they succeeded in making him dictator, that would not have been a step forward for Australian Jews.

(4) Daddio made the following comment | Sep 9, 2008 10:32:59 PM | Permalink

Wow right out of "1984" Doublethink at its finest!

From Sparknotes:
"Simply put, doublethink is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas in one's mind at the same time. As the Party's mind-control techniques break down an individual's capacity for independent thought, it becomes possible for that individual to believe anything that the Party tells them, even while possessing information that runs counter to what they are being told."

The death of cognitive dissonance.

(5) stan made the following comment | Sep 10, 2008 8:15:54 AM | Permalink

Biden's gaffes are usually the silly kind. Obama's gaffes are usually the mindblowing stupid kind. Biden's gaffes are due to his being a fool. Obama's are due to his hubris.

(6) charclax made the following comment | Sep 10, 2008 10:18:14 AM | Permalink

What this really gets down to is the left's unflinching desire to control thought through emotion and ignorance. Sarah Palin, Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice et al are punished for leaving their respective plantations and daring to contradict the script of the liberal masters. To bring them in check, the politics of emotion are brought to bear. Thomas can't be on the Supreme Court! That will spell the end of affirmative action! Palin can't be VP! She will overturn Roe v Wade and make abortion illegal!

The saddest thing (politically) that I experienced this week was the fact that I had to explain to a fellow lawyer that 1. Palin cannot with the stroke of a pen repeal R v W; 2.Palin doesn't appoint Supreme Court justices (yet) 3. Even if we were able to get R v. W overturned (because it's based on legal fiction), the abx issue merely goes back to the state legislatures, few (if any) of which will completely outlaw the procedure.

If their stands were principled and grounded in some relevant facts, they would be willing to engage in honest intellectual discussion / debate of the issues facing our country. Instead, the left would rather engage in stoking the emotional fires through misinformation.

We as responsible citizens have to look past the emotion and evaluate the substance.

(7) tomjedrz made the following comment | Sep 12, 2008 12:21:08 PM | Permalink

Beldar ..
I think that too much is being made of this. We whined when GWB's lack of verbal virtuosity was interpreted in the worst possible light. We should avoid doing the same.

Biden said that more implementation of *Republican policies* would be bad for American women. It was clearly not a personal slur, he was not referring to Mrs. Palin specifically, and he would have the same kind of comment if it were McCain/Pawlenty.

When we lower ourselves to the typical left level of nit-picking and hyper-sensitivity we diminish the power of our arguments!

(8) zionsironlion made the following comment | Sep 13, 2008 12:31:11 PM | Permalink

After October 2nd, no will ever forget when Joe Biden demolishes Sarah Palin in the debate when he says, “We know Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton is a friend of ours (not Senator McCains's or President Bush's), and you Governor, are no Hillary Clinton" ... ha ha ha. Palin isn't even fit to carry Clinton's bra-strap ... ha ha ha.

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