Wednesday, September 10, 2008

That's Joe's Job

Barack Obama on Sept. 2:

"Let me be as clear as possible," Obama said. "I think people's families are off-limits, and people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics.

Obama VP choice Joe Biden, seven days later:

“I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there's joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?”

Of course, the only person in the GOP who has recently addressed this topic, and who happens to have a child with developmental disabilities, is Sarah Palin. But I'm sure Biden's remark, and the suggestion that "caring" must include political support for federally funded stem cell research, isn't directed at her.

You would think Democrats might have learned a lesson from former candidates who chose to make snide remarks about Republicans' familial relationships for political gain.

Forget lipstick on a pig. If I were the McCain campaign I would highlight this Biden statement and demand Obama comment on both its suggestion and use.

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