...Continuing a parade of slips and gaffes, Joe Biden yesterday told reporters in Iowa that he was vice president during the massacre in Parkland, Florida, which happened more than a year after he left office: "Those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president," Biden said.
Why it matters: Biden called himself a "gaffe machine" 8 months ago, and his slips have long been part of his persona. But he's 76 -- 3 years older than President Trump.
- Once reporters start looking for slips, they'll find them.
- And they become a bigger deal than they would be otherwise -- like President Gerald Ford's clumsiness or President George H.W. Bush's goofiness.
Biden allies point out that since he's always been this way, it's not a sign of aging.
- And the WashPost Fact Checker database counted 10,796 false or misleading claims by President Trump during 869 days in office.
- As the WashPost's Aaron Blake wrote about Biden's "mounting slip-ups": "This isn't to say Biden's comments are anywhere close to as problematic as what Trump has said."
The bottom line: Trump, who revels in defining an opponent's weakness (see Marco Rubio and the water), asked in a tweet last evening: "Does anybody really believe he is mentally fit to be president?"
- And Trump, who this week said "Toledo" when he meant "Dayton," said on the South Lawn on Friday: "Look, Joe is not playing with a full deck."
- Biden's retort, from December, during a book-tour stop at the University of Montana: "I am a gaffe machine, but my God what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can't tell the truth."...