Asked about the negative tone of the campaign, and this ad in particular, during an interview broadcast Monday by the "CBS Evening News," Obama's running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, said he disapproved of it.
"I thought that was terrible, by the way," Biden said.
Asked why it was done, he said: "I didn't know we did it and if I had anything to do with it, we'd have never done it."
A momentary lapse by Biden, of course. Biden was quickly reminded that he doesn’t have to fall in love with Team Obama ads, he just has to fall in line:
[I]n the statement issued by the Obama campaign, Biden said he had never seen the ad and only read press reports of it.
"Having now reviewed the ad, it is even more clear to me that given the disgraceful tenor of Senator McCain's ads and their persistent falsehoods, his campaign is in no position to criticize," Biden said in the statement.
We paraphrased Sarah Palin’s pit bull joke last week in the football fan post. We tried to be generous and speak generally of politicians, rather than singling out Joe Biden.
But we simply cannot cover for him any longer. So…
You know what they say the difference is between a pit bull and Joe Biden?
You need a muzzle to shut one of them up.
And the other you need to let outside to go poop.
We could probably also add another line of thought…
One is a relentless attack dog who can be trained to take out your enemies.
And the other is a six term Senator who can be counted on to bite the hand that feeds him.