Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Palin Embarrassment

We've been critical of mainstream media bias against Sarah Palin, and have written about the political significance of her apparent appeal to a large constituency of voters.

But a new gaffe can't be regarded as anything more than an embarrassing declaration of ignorance and unfitness for the Vice Presidency.

Commenting on the Wall Street crisis, the vice-presidential candidate said this last night, on CBS news:

"When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed.   He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'"
When the stock market crashed in 1929, the President was Hoover, not Roosevelt.   There was no broadcast television as we know it.  The first commercial stations weren't licensed until 1941.

OOPS!   We got it wrong.

The person who put Roosevelt on TV in 1929 wasn't Sarah Palin.   It was that other Vice Presidential candidate, Joe Biden!

Sounds about right for the guy who finished last in his class at Syracuse Law School.

And explains why you've heard nothing about it in the mainsream media.

Here's Biden's mangled American history, at least until CBS strongarms YouTube into pulling the video.

UPDATE: Comment on the incident from Instapundit:
They told me when John McCain named Sarah Palin as his running mate that we'd be embarrassed by repeated gaffes from an unqualified Vice-Presidential candidate.   And they were right!

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