Biden's Macaca Moment

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Given what we already knew about Sen. Joseph Biden's faults and his poor prospects for securing the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, to me the biggest news in "Biden Stumbles at the Starting Gate" [news story, Feb. 1] was his June 2006 "stumble" making an offensive reference about Indian Americans.

According to the article, in a videotaped exchange in June, Biden said, "You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts [in Delaware] unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking."

I had never heard of the incident. The contrast with constant coverage of former senator George Allen's "macaca" incident is glaring. The absence of an aggressive opponent in a critical near-term election campaign may explain The Post's non-coverage of Biden's June remarks, but it hardly justifies this paper's starkly disparate treatment of Allen.

-- Scott Michael

Arlington


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