And no, those words don’t come from a right-of-center pundit or Republican politician, but from a center-left journalist at a liberal newspaper. According to the Washington Post‘s Dan Balz,
Vice President Biden triggered the latest round [of harsh rhetoric and angry accusations]Tuesday with lines, that, had they been uttered by a Republican, likely would have set off an even bigger firestorm. Biden told an audience in Virginia that Romney would “unchain” the big banks if he were elected president and then added, “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”
(Via Instapundit.) And it wasn’t just Dan Balz. Over at Commentary, Alana Goodman reports that “MSNBC’s Willie Geist had a good take this morning (via Playbook), when he pointed out the media double standard for Biden:”
“It has to be said that if Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate, said that to an African-American audience, there would be calls this morning for him to get out of the race, for Mitt Romney to withdraw from the race. There’s a double standard.”
Double standard indeed. Goodman also reports that Biden is doubling down on his mean-spirited remarks, refusing to “back down on his ‘chains’ gaffe.”
Wonder when our friends in the legacy media will join Rudy Giuliani in questioning Biden’s competence.