Joe Biden’s chains and the Palin comparison


Pot has some words for kettle. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

It is seldom that you get such good quotes from the pot about the color of the kettle.

Then again, you know you’ve made a gaffe when Sarah Palin is suggesting you might have chosen your words more judiciously. That’s like Charlie Sheen suggesting you might have a substance problem.

But perhaps we should cut her some slack. Vice presidential candidates whose comments prompt everyone in the vicinity to wince uncontrollably for several minutes is a subject no one knows better than Palin. Maybe she and Biden were better matched than we thought.

After the selection of Paul Ryan to fill the VP slot on the ticket (prompting such exciting merchandise as this button!), it is hard not to think back to August 2008, when everyone was cheering Palin as a game-changer. And she was a game-changer, in the sense that Godzilla is a city-changer. Say what you will about Paul Ryan and the potential risks of having to engage in a Serious Mature Debate of his policies, everyone admits one thing about him: He’s no Sarah Palin. If anyone sets off the trademark “Mayday! Mayday! The Veep’s Saying Something” alarm this year, it’s Biden.

Once burned. Palin won't even be speaking at the GOP convention in Tampa. To put this in perspective, Chris Christie will be speaking at the convention. And he is known for calling people jerks and ignoramuses and asking reporters if they are stupid! “Still better than Palin,” everyone murmurs. “Fewer blood libels.”

On Fox, Palin continued: “I don't want to throw out that suggestion and have them actually accept the suggestion, because then an Obama-Hillary Clinton ticket would have a darn good chance of winning.”

What's also droll about this observation is that it suggests that Palin thinks the vice presidential candidate can make or break a ticket.

Oops.

Alexandra Petri writes the ComPost blog, offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day. She is the author of "A Field Guide to Awkward Silences".

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