Obama’s comments placed him squarely in the middle of the controversy over a Muslim group’s plans for a mosque near the site of the 2001 attack – and in turn, transformed an emotion-laden local dispute in New York into a nationwide debate overnight...While others have answered the question better than I could*, I would note that all this time I thought it was going to be Biden who continually set off these kinds of unnecessary firestorms. To my amazement, he's actually been very good** for quite a while - or at least his gaffes have been manageable. With all the talk recently that Obama would seek out a new running mate for 2012, I'm wondering if Jumpin' Joe might be thinking the same thing...
And Democrats – at least the ones willing to comment at all — could barely contain their frustration over Obama’s remarks, saying he had potentially placed every one of their candidates into the middle of the debate by giving GOP candidates a chance to ask them point-blank: Do you agree with Obama on the mosque, or not?
* I agree with Obama, FWIW
** by which I mean "quiet."