If you don’t believe me that if we held Joe Biden to the Sarah Palin standard, the media would make mincemeat of the Delaware Democrat, then take a listen to former CBS News Anchor Dan Rather (at about 1:54 below):
Had Sarah Palin said that John McCain’s election would generate an international crisis to test the Republicans mettle as Joe Biden said about Obama, Rather believes “it would be above the fold in most newspapers today . . . the newspapers would have jumped all over this and so would the major television outlets.”
While newspapers and TV ignore this, Rather did offer us some hope that people may yet learn of Biden’s wariness about his running mate’s readiness. He suggested that internet would pick up the story and that could be “more important.” (Recall this wasn’t the first time Biden raised the issue of Obama’s readiness. During the campaign for the Democratic nomination, the Delaware Democrat said his Illinois colleague was not ready for the White House.)
With Rather’s coments, we have a lion of the old media acknowledging just how “in the tank” the MSM are for the Democrats.
Had the media offered him the same scrutiny they offer Sarah Palin, well, we’d be questioning his fitness to serve as much as they do hers.Â Not just that, we’d be wondering what he truly thinks about his running mate’s readiness to lead.
As Noah Pollak puts it:
Biden is saying two things about an Obama presidency: first, that Obama will be tested by America’s rivals; and second, that Obama’s response to such a test will likely be unpopular with the American people. Presumably Biden does not believe that the reason for that unpopularity will be because Obama is too decisive or too tough with our enemies â€” it will be because Obama is perceived as too soft and indecisive in a crisis.
Bill Kristol echoes that:
Biden is forecasting that Obama will have what seems to be a weak response to a provocation from, say, Iran or Russia, and he’s urging the liberals of Seattle and elsewhere to stand with Obama against the expected domestic criticism.
In other words, Biden is forecasting inaction by Obama in the face of testing by a dictator. I suspect he’s right in this forecast. McCain might want to clarify this point. It’s not just that Obama’s own running mate expects an international crisis early in his presidency. It’s not just that Obama has a weak foreign policy record. It’s that Biden himself expects what will appear to be a weak response from Obama to testing by a dictator.
Now Biden presumaby thinks such an apparently weak response would be in our long-term interest. But McCain needs to force that debate: â€œSen. Obama, will you in fact do nothing in response to a Putin provocation against Ukraine or a final push by Ahmadinejad toward nuclear weapons? Isn’t that what your running mate has forecast? Isn’t it awfully dangerous to forecast weakness on the part of an American president?â€