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by Jay Nordlinger

Our editorial on Biden has reminded me of something: Harry Reid remarked, notoriously, that Obama was “light-skinned” and had “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Who knew he could have been talking about Joe Biden?

Biden himself, running for the 2008 nomination, said that Obama was “the first mainstream African-American” contender, a fellow who was “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Al Sharpton remarked, “I take a bath every day.” Biden said he meant that Obama was ethical. (That must have soothed the Rev.)

A question: Is Biden articulate, bright, and clean, leaving aside “a nice-looking guy”? He is certainly not a nice-acting guy. He pours venom on his political opponents — defaming them — and everyone says, “Good ol’ Joe. That’s just the way he is. Good ol’ goofy Joe.” No: This is not goofy, this is repugnant.

One more thing: Republicans claim that no Republican could have said what Reid said and be, today, the majority leader of the U.S. Senate. No Republican could have talked about Obama’s skin tone and his use of a “Negro dialect” and remained in politics, at the highest levels.

That’s the problem with Republicans: so paranoid, you know.

P.S. During the 2010 campaign, Majority Leader Reid said, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay? Do I need to say more?” Shortly afterward, a Hispanic Republican was elected governor of Reid’s state, beating Reid’s own son. So, so beautiful. (As a bonus, a Hispanic Republican woman was elected governor of a state to the southeast, New Mexico. Again: beautiful.)

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