What Will He Say Next?

Biden's gaffes are day-to-day curse for Obama camp, and blessing in disguise
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Oct 29, 2008 10:40 AM CDT
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., makes a joke as a caller refuses to believe it's him, during an unscheduled stop at the Obama campaign headquarters in Titusville, Fla.,...   (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)
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(Newser) – Will Joe Biden make it to November? The talky senator has so far managed to avoid major damage to Barack Obama’s campaign, despite a number of close brushes. But, notes Bill Nichols in Politico, there’s a week to go. While Biden’s favorable ratings are high and the Obama staff has been impressed with his ability to connect emotionally, the stream of minor gaffes is near-constant.

Voters have seemed inclined to forgive Biden his minor sins, as when he predicted that the world will “test” Barack Obama in the first six months of his presidency. His gravitas might earn him a pass. Besides, the slips are an outgrowth of the fact that he remains remarkably non-robotic for a national politician. Says an Obama aide, “It makes him real.”