Biden's so-called gaffe

If you haven't heard the story, here's how it goes. A few days ago Joe Biden was speaking to a group of Democratic donors at a closed door fundraiser and he predicted that a U.S. rival would manufacture a crisis early in an Obama administration in order to test Obama's mettle. Someone recorded the comments, they were leaked, the media declared it to be a gaffe, and Sarah Palin went on the attack.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that the Obama campaign planned this gaffe, but let's think about where the conversation goes. The Republican talking point is basically, "if you elect Obama, he'll have to handle a crisis!" The Democratic response points to the current economic crisis, Obama's presidential behavior throughout, and John McCain's erratic shambling in search of a plan. And also too it keeps the Powell endorsement in the news cycle. How is any of this bad for Obama?

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