Howlers from Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz
By and large, it's been a good couple of days for Democrats. They think, and some prominent Republicans agree, that Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan gives them a great advantage. But, perhaps unable to contain their euphoria, the party's standard bearers have gotten a little slap-happy and careless on the trail. Here are three howlers from the last 24 hours or so.
1. The Offender: Joe Biden
The Gaffe: "[Romney]'s gonna let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street! [In comic downhome accent] They're gonna put y'all back in chains."
Say What? No one seems to know what this meant. At first glance, it appears to be a reference to antebelleum slavery, but as Dan Amira notes, it's not like he was speaking to the NAACP, so it's unclear why that's a reference he'd use. It looks more like he just went overboard with a metaphor, in classic Biden fashion. At least he didn't add "literally," for once.
Importance: Low. Democrats have been saying for, uh, decades that Republicans are toadies to corporations and finance. Outrage over Biden's bizarre articulation of the idea is mostly manufactured.
Honorable Mention: At the same event, which was in Danville, Virginia, Biden told the crowd they could help Obama win North Carolina again. Danville is just over the border into the Old Dominion, but still: oops.