Keller @ Large: Presidential Campaign Has No Rules, No Decency, No High Ground

August 20, 2012 12:00 AM
Keller @ Large: Presidential Campaign Has No Rules, No Decency, No High Ground
BOSTON (CBS) – If you missed it, the presidential campaign gaffe of the week last week was Vice President Joe Biden’s assertion to a largely African-American audience that the Republican ticket, if elected, would “put y’all back in chains.”

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" Yes, he really said “y’all,” with a drawl not drawn from Biden’s childhood roots in Pennsylvania.

A Globe editorial last week called that “racially insensitive,” and insisted Biden apologize for it.

But there’s been no apology forthcoming, and yesterday on the network talk shows, there was none from campaign surrogates, a stance explained by campaign flack Stephanie Cutter, who refused to even acknowledge Biden had chosen his words poorly.

“If we want to talk about words on the campaign trail that are poor choices of words, let’s talk about Mitt Romney’s,” she told CNN. “He’s been traveling for the last few years basically calling the president un-American…. Those are poor choices of words, and that’s what we find completely offensive.”

In other words, the president’s enemies have gone over the line, so we’re going to do it, too.

And she has a point "

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