Friday, October 24, 2008

VP candidate kept from media and no crowd questions. Not Palin. It's Biden!

LA Times | Top of the Ticket Blog

Is it possible we've been living in a bubble for the last several weeks, not noticing a complete role reversal between the Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, and his Republican counterpart, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska?

The always astute Jake Tapper over at ABC makes a shocking point:

Now, Palin, who was once so sequestered from the media it allowed her opponents to caricature her and helped create "Free Sarah Palin" buttons, is meeting with more and more national reporters and, unreported by them, numerous local media types at virtually every campaign stop.

There's an interview with the Chicago Tribune today, reported here in The Ticket and on CNN earlier this week. She walks back and chats with reporters on her campaign plane.

And, contrary to the silent fears of the McCain controllers, she's doing just fine.

But Biden is something else entirely. We've got Joe the Plumber and Joe Six-Pack. But Joe Delaware-by-way-of-Scranton has gone missing.

Obama officials will deny it. But he's clearly been muzzled by the Democratic campaign that's for real change.

The old veteran, who's been in the Senate since Obama was a kid and was hired as No. 2 for the foreign affairs cover he gives the freshman Illinois senator, has put his foot in his Delaware mouth a few too many times for the Windy City campaign chieftains.

Tapper points out, amazingly, that Biden has not taken questions from his crowds of supporters since Sept. 10. That's before some of us learned Tampa Bay has a baseball team.

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