Biden, Palin and The Lazio Fallacy

This is from MissLaura‘s diary over at dKos:

The Lazio Fallacy

One piece of “common wisdom” that’s emerged quickly since John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate is that Joe Biden had better be careful not to look like he’s beating up on a pretty girl by, you know, knowing more than she does and showing it. Rick Lazio’s name is inevitably mentioned, because obviously if Biden knows more than Palin, it will be equivalent to physically getting up in her face.

At the same time I’m outraged that the groundwork is being laid for the notion that a woman shouldn’t be expected to hold her own in what is, effectively, a job interview, I don’t doubt that the danger of this is real for Biden.

Why? Because the traditional media has decided it’s a landmine for him. That means that, come the vice-presidential debate, this is what they’ll be conveying: Sarah Palin has not one shred of a clue about foreign policy, agricultural policy, urban policy? Everyone knew that. But did you check out how Biden was rude enough to make that obvious even to people who know less than Palin? Damn, what a sexist pig that guy is.

We saw in the first days of reporting on the DNC exactly how pervasive a media narrative can be even in the face of contradictory facts. If you can’t find meaningful division among Democrats, ignore the fact that the people claiming to be PUMAs are actually Republicans. So it would go with Biden debating Palin.

So here’s my problem with this. How fucking insulting to women and to the nation is this line of thinking? (more)

You know it’s going to happen. Just like the outrage over Bristol and “we never said anything about Chelsea Clinton!” Pants on fire.