Joe Biden is a career politician. He was elected at a young age - still in his twenties - and never left. He has fallen prey to a common effect from a life in elected political office - he thinks he's special. He long ago forgot that he works for us, not the other way around.
Despite the aw shucks, I'm just a guy from Delaware, Biden is one arrogant hombre. You may remember that he was the one who described Barack Obama as "clean" and "articulate" as he also sought the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. He enjoys the political smack talk. He has embarrassed himself yet again as he tries to gin up support for a jobs bill that is only popular with unions at this point - especially since they are the ones who will benefit from it.
Recently in Flint, Michigan Biden claimed that if the jobs bill is not passed by Congress, then crime will be rampant. He claimed that crime statistics are up because law enforcement has been laid off due to the economic conditions in cities like Flint. The trouble is, this is not true. Crime is down in cities all across America. Besides plagiarism, Biden is also known for re-writing history to fit his opinion.
Biden's latest happened again in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Coming under criticism for the temporary solution of throwing money at cities for the hiring of law enforcement and fire fighters and teachers, he fails to understand that once the money (which comes with many strings and lots of red tape) runs out, the people will be laid off again if reforms are not made in that city. He's all indignant because people understand basic economics, you see.
So, he ramped it up and said that he'd like for the opponents of the jobs bill to know what it is like to face a gun pointed at their heads or face being raped. Keep it classy, Joe.
This is the game plan. Instead of debating the jobs bill and working with the opposition to pass pieces that are palatable to both sides of the aisle, Biden has chosen to be dramatic for effect. This just pushes people farther away but he doesn't understand that point.
Since so many Democrats are opposed to the jobs bill - not one Democrat co-sponsor in the House and the Senate voted it down - are they bad and heartless like the GOP he mocks?
When asked after his speech if the Vice President should be using such inflammatory rhetoric, he was rushed off by his staff. Before the bum's rush, he tried to explain what he meant to say and told the young man asking the question, whom he thought was misquoting him, "don't screw with me". Tough guy, that Joe.
"Do you regret using the rape reference to describe Senate opposition" to the bill, Jason Mattera asked Biden as he left a rally with police unions and others who have faced the budget ax in recent months.
"I didn't use ... no, no, no," Biden responded. "Let's get it straight, guy. Don't screw around with me. Let's get it straight."
"You didn't use a rape reference," said Mattera, of the conservative news organization Human Events.
"No, let me explain," Biden said, pointing toward Mattera. "I said rape was up three times in Flint. Those are the numbers. Go look at the numbers. Murder is up; rape is up; burglary is up. That's what I said."
"And if the Republicans don't pass this bill, then rape will continue to rise?" the reporter asked.
"Murder will continue to rise; rape will continue to rise; all crime will continue to rise," Biden said.
Asked by Mattera whether it was appropriate to use such language, Biden scoffed and walked away.