Yeah, Joe, We Take Regular Baths, Too

Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden as his VP running mate may make good “policy wonk” sense (Biden is supposedly an ace with foreign policy) but strikes me as weak.  (In fact, I found myself hard pressed to find anyone to be an Obama running mate who really struck me as being helpful to his election chances except for Hillary Clinton, but then the risk to Obama would have gone up…)

One reason is stuff like this:

On the day he formally announced his candidacy, a New York Observer story that quoted Biden as calling Obama “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy” came out, and the resultant uproar effectively undercut any momentum Biden was hoping to build.

That lead to this comment in my story of doing business in China:

Liberal pseudo-sophisticates may sneer at the idea of “dirty” oil men (those of us in the business, like Barack Obama, do take regular baths in places where the plumbing permits…)

Anyone who has lived in the South for a long time knows what a low blow it is to imply that black people don’t take baths.  It used to be a common one, too.  I thought we were past that kind of thing.

Evidently some of us are and some of us aren’t…and some of us don’t care.

And then there’s this…

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