I don't think Joe Biden is a bigot. That said, he's receiving a whopping benefit of the doubt after yet another "slip of the tongue":
Biden attempted to explain why some schools perform better than others -- in Iowa, for instance, compared with the District. "There's less than 1 percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than 4 or 5 percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with," Biden said.
The Biden campaign clarified the senator's remarks, saying he was referring to socio-economic disadvantages. I buy that. But some of his previous gaffes defy clarification.
Regarding Barack Obama, Biden said, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy."
Here's Biden on Indian-Americans: "You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking."
Republicans claim they're held to a different standard on race, and they have a point. My standard is apolitical: Would I get in trouble for saying the same thing? Where I work, the punishment would be nothing less than a month in sensitivity training.
I'm not advocating the same for Biden -- one of the few seasoned candidates running for president -- but we could use some consistency here.