So which stumble at today's Democratic lovefest in Springfield, Ill., will live on the longest -- Barack Obama introducing his running mate pick as "the next president," or the Joe Biden crack about his wife that has not been universally well received?
If it's the latter, at least Biden gets a pass on it from the highest-ranking women in the history of U.S. politics -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
I don't know what's more precious here: the new presumptive veep nominee dissing intelligence in women, or Nancy Pelosi--Nancy Pelosi!--telling angry feminists to "lighten up."
Here's what Biden had said in his debut as the presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee:
"Ladies and gentlemen, my wife Jill, who you'll meet soon, is drop dead gorgeous. My wife Jill, who you'll meet soon, she also has her doctorate degree, which is a problem. But all kidding aside ..."
Pelosi, who had spent much of the lunch depicting an America in dire straits after eight years of a Republican administration, didn't miss a beat: "Lighten up," she said. "We've got a planet to save."
She added that if Biden found his wife beautiful, "That's A-OK."
But what about the PhD part of Biden's comment? That's what sparked reaction in the blogosphere, including an item by Adele Stan on Huffington Post headlined: "Careful Joe! 'Smart Women" Jokes a Dicey Game."
This is gonna be a blast, kids. Wait until the Democrats start attacking "political correctness" once ol' Joe really starts to let loose.