Drudge is teasing this at the top of the page with an emphasis on the word “clean.” Er, Matt — it’s not just the hygiene angle that’s troubling here.
Mr. Biden is equally skeptical—albeit in a slightly more backhanded way—about Mr. Obama. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
He announced he’s running this morning. And now, instantly, he’s finished. He’s the William Henry Harrison of presidential candidates.
Not that he ever had a prayer anyway.
He’s also got a knack for this sort of racist “straight talk.” Remember?
Exit question: On the spectrum of enlightened, “positive,” left-wing racism, where does this fall vis-a-vis a nutroots minstrel-face photoshop?
Update: You’ve got to be kidding.
Update: Biden passes on the too clever by half comma defense and invokes context, sweet context. Without actually explaining what the missing context was.
“And with regard to the assertions I have just read as I walked over here… about Barack Obama. Barack Obama is probably the most exciting candidate that the Democratic or Republican Party has produced, at least since I have been around. And he is fresh, he is new, he is insightful, and I really regret that some have taken totally out of context my use of the word ‘clean.’
“So I called Barack,” he added, “and he said ‘Joe you don’t have to explain anything to me.'”…
About his use of the word “clean” to describe Obama, Biden explained by saying, “My mother has an expression: clean as a whistle, sharp as tack. That’s the context.”
Update (Ian): Audio.