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Biden V. Indian Americans

I have a soft spot for both Biden and Indian-Americans, but I think the controversy over his remarks is sort of silly. Sure, what he said was dumb, but it was hardly malicious or outrageous. See the video here. Most of the angry email I’ve gotten about it is over the double standard rather than the remarks themselves. “If a Republican had said this….” etc. I think there’s some merit to this.

But that hardly justifies posing as scandalized by Biden’s remarks. It’s sort of a mirror image of liberals who who couldn’t bring themselves to condemn Rush Limbaugh’s drug use only his “hypocrisy.”  I think it’s unfair that there’s a double standard against conservatives and Republicans when it comes to political correctness (paging Senator Byrd), but it makes me uncomfortable when conservatives ape the liberal standard for consistency’s sake. If you think it would be unfair to beat up a Republican who made a Biden-like gaffe, why adopt an unfair standard out of balance? 

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