Thursday, October 23, 2008
by Pete Kotz
on Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM
The Delaware lawmaker has not fielded questions from supporters since a Sept. 10 rally in Nashua, N.H., at which he said that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., might have been a better vice presidential pick than him.
And he has not held an arranged press avail since a Sept. 7 flight to Kalispell, Mont.
There are differences in tactics, of course. Palin was hidden because she could barely speak on issues basic to the presidency. A Wall Street Journal poll this week indicated that she was the biggest single reason why voters are fleeing the ticket.
Biden, meanwhile, is a smart man with a gift for self-sabotage, serving as a one-man production line for McCain attack ads. Even after taping his mouth closed for over a month, he still managed to say Barack Obama would face a crisis within six months of his presidency, playing into the McCain campaign's assertion that Obama presents unforeseen scariness on the international front.
Which just goes to prove the old saying: You can't find decent help anymore.
For weeks Sarah Palin took a beating from the media for the McCain campaign's unwillingness to make her available for questions from either public or press. Politically speaking, it was probably a good call, given Palin's disastrous performance when left unscripted. But as ABC's Jake Tapper writes today, things have changed.
It seems the Obama campaign, with relatively little notice (cue the soundtrack for liberal media bias), has taken to hiding Joe Biden with equal vigor. Writes Tapper: