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Everyone is so sensitive these days
Posted by: McQ on Friday, July 07, 2006

I can't help it. Like most I can't take my eyes off of a train wreck.

But, in all honesty, if we all weren't so damn touchy and sensitive anymore, this actually would have gotten a rim shot instead of derision and outrage:
On a recent edition of the C-SPAN series "Road to the White House," the Delaware senator is shown shaking hands with a man and boasting about his support among Indian-Americans.

"I've had a great relationship. In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking," Biden said.
Yeesh. Not the worst attempt at humor I've ever seen but it may be a close second. But let's get real ... did he say anything blatantly untrue or so terrible that anyone should lose sleep over it?

It was a dumb joke poorly delivered. Such is life. And, given who he was talking too, hardly something he thought would be taken the wrong way. Biden just isn't that politically maladroit.

I'm certainly no Biden fan, believe me, but I am getting tired of these jacked up "outrage of the day" verbal gaffes.

Anyway, as usual, when Biden tried to clear it up he only gave credibility to the shouters:
"The point Senator Biden was making is that there has been a vibrant Indian-American community in Delaware for decades. It has primarily been made up of engineers, scientists and physicians, but more recently, middle-class families are moving into Delaware and purchasing family-run small businesses," said Margaret Aitken, a Biden spokeswoman.

"These families have greatly contributed to the vibrancy of the Indian-American community in Delaware and are making a significant contribution to the national economy as well," she said.
Well yeah, and any reasonable person knew that, to include members of the Indian-American community. Jay Leno's been on this for years and I'm sure they still watch him. We need to get our feelings off of our sleeves and start growing a little thicker skin and sense of humor again.

Rim shot please ... (in reality this is for NotherBob2 who's feeling a sense of unreality while vacationing in Hawaii and needs some disagreement in his life)
 
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But, in all honesty, if we all weren’t so damn touchy and sensitive anymore, this actually would have gotten a rim shot instead of derision and outrage:
Hey, the Dems should hold to the standard they demand the GOP follow. Didn’t Teddy and Reid and Schumer try to destroy the racist John Roberts for calling someone "Amigo"?
 
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But does his comment even make sense? You have to have an Indian accent to go into a 7-11? Perhaps he meant to say ".. in order to work at" or "... in order to own"... still a tad improper, PC wise, but at least I would have understood what he was saying. It’s typical Biden: blow the White House over something trivial. And he’s among the best and the brightest the Democrats have to offer?
 
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Steve Sturm:
Perhaps he meant to say ".. in order to work at" or "... in order to own"... still a tad improper, PC wise, but at least I would have understood what he was saying.
You’ve hit on what bothers me about Biden.

I think Biden didn’t say "in order to work at" because then he would have committed himself to a racial stereotype of one kind of employee in America. Kinda like saying "The only kind of job an Indian can get is at a thrift store."

Biden was smart enough to see where his toungue was about to take him, so he swerved last minute, and limited his ethnic caricature to a "consumer-group". Safer ground.

He’s a slick operator! Jeff Goldstein could have a field-day with Biden this week (if he wasn’t under a prolonged DOS attack). Discovering that he was about to contravene PC-orthodoxy on tape, Biden attempted to conceal the frivolous "intention" that he had begun to express under a clumsy mis-wording.

Then he lazily leaves it up to his "interpreters" to glean fumbled intent from his drivel.

I’m with McQ. It’s largely harmless. But...it tells me a lot about Biden’s dodgy, frivolous-with-words character.
-Steve

 
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