Another highly nuanced bon mot from the lips of America’s greasiest senator. As much as I hate to defend him, and as much as we all know this would be “special comment” material at Keith “Maglagong” Olbermann’s house o’ chicken and waffles if it had come from a Republican, it sounds to me like Greasy’s making a cultural/economic critique here, not offering any Bell-Curve-type theories. Which is to say, isn’t he basically just saying what Bill Cosby says?

Explaining why schools in Iowa are performing better than those in Washington, D.C., Biden told the Post, “There’s less than one percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than four of five percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you’re dealing with.”

“When you have children coming from dysfunctional homes, when you have children coming from homes where there’s no books, where the mother from the time they’re born doesn’t talk to them — as opposed to the mother in Iowa who’s sitting out there and talks to them, the kid starts out with a 300 word larger vocabulary at age three. Half this education gap exists before the kid steps foot in the classroom,” the Delaware Democrat added.

The paper reports Biden’s campaign quickly sought to clarify the remarks, saying in a statement that the senator was not making a “race-based distinction” but rather a “socio-economic” one.