Where was Thomma before the election?
In a piece yesterday, Thomma covers Biden's latest gaffe (telling Americans they could avoid Swine Flu by staying away from commercial airliners and subways).
Thomma lists some Golden Oldie Biden gaffes: Biden saying that Barack Obama was "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean;" saying FDR went on television when the stock market crashed -- even though Hoover was president and television hadn't been invented; and, the time a video camera caught Biden saying, "You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking."
Oddly, Biden gaffes weren't interesting or newsworthy to McClatchy before the election.
During last fall's campaign , when the gaffes could have damaged the media's Preferred Ticket, McClatchy didn't think the gaffes should be an issue. In fact, McClatchy slammed the McCain campaign in October for putting together a compilation video of Biden gaffes before the VP debate -- McClatchy said the GOP “was trying to embarrass” Biden. (If you are interested, I posted the GOP's Biden gaffe video here.)
I'm guessing McClatchy thought any focus on Biden's gaffes might detract from the important task of electing Obama/Biden. Which explains why McClatchy and other media spent weeks rummaging through dumpsters in Wasilla but never took a serious look at the hair-plugged gasbag from Delaware.
The infamous quote: “Stand up, Chuck, let ‘em see ya… oh, God love ya, what am I talking about…”
Just imagine the reaction from McClatchy and the Anchorage Daily News if Sarah Palin had told somebody in a wheelchair to stand up.