Double standard, yes.
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In politics, the dreaded foot in mouth gaffe is an occupational hazard.The casual statement, the careless snipe, the outdated phrase that bypasses the brain’s “sensitivity” filter can wound or even doom a public figure, especially if the offender happens to be conservative.

The relative scant attention paid to such faux pas from left-leaning offenders suggests a double standard may be at work.

This week offered several examples. Vice President Joe Biden, a presumed presidential candidate, fired off yet another quip that some say played off an offensive stereotype of African-Americans and basketball.

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