We’ve Got Your Gaffes Right Here, Part #4

Real Clear Politics:

Joe Biden calls a custard store manager a “smartass” after he asks the Vice President to lower taxes.

Rick Moran:

Vice President Joe Biden stopped for some custard while campaigning for Russ Feingold in Wisconsin. When he asked the store manager how much, the unimpressed citizen told him it was free. “Just lower our taxes,” he said.

Biden’s response is the latest exhibit for why these arrogant philistines should be kicked out of government and prevented from holding any position of responsibility in our republic ever again:


“What do we owe you?” Biden is heard saying in footage captured by WISN-TV.
“Don’t worry, it’s on us,” the manager replied. “Lower our taxes and we’ll call it [the custard] even.”

“Why don’t you say something nice instead of being a smartass all the time?” Biden said a few minutes later.

Biden had walked in to Kopp’s mistakenly asking for ice cream instead of custard.

The manager said later in an interview with WISN that he thought Biden didn’t seem happy initially about the taxes comment, but that the vice president later whispered that he was just kidding.

No doubt Biden was “just kidding” once he thought about how it would look calling a voter a smartass. It is equally clear that he meant it when he said it. The sense of entitlement and arrogant elitism shown by Biden is shared by his boss and most of the Democrats in Congress.

Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit

Jules Crittenden:

Sounds like we have nothing to despair over but despair itself. If it were coming from anyone but Vice-President “Who’s That,” I’d be more concerned. Then again, given his backseat driving role in the admin, maybe he knows what he’s talking about. From the mouths of geezers …

James Richardson at Redstate:

Some have already said the Kopps manager is to Joe Biden what Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher is to President Barack Obama, who gained national attention after he questioned the Democratic presidential candidate’s tax policies.

The Vice President was in town to campaign for Senator Russ Feingold, who polls show running even with Republican challenger Ron Johnson. At a Friday fundraiser, Biden told a crowd of donors “there’s no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession.”

No doubt Kopps’ manager has some suggestions for the administration.

John Hinderaker at Powerline:

Everyone involved laughed it off, but a serious point lingered. A simple way to think about the Democratic Party is, you’re the human being, they’re the tapeworm. Yet they claim a weird sort of parasite’s moral superiority over you: if you point out that they have their hand in your pocket, you’re a “smartass.” The Democratic Party needs to be torn, root and branch, from our public life.

James Joyner:

Hinderaker has a lengthy analysis, much of which is unreadable because ad advertisement is wreaking havoc with the video’s placement, as to why lower taxes would help unemployment.

But something doesn’t compute here:   If the business owner wants his taxes lowered, why is he hosting a campaign event for Russ Feingold? His views on the matter are rather well established at this point.

Ann Althouse:

Bite me. When the powerful seek to work their will upon us and demand that we be nice about it, that’s the right response: Bite me. Even if he were the one being nice about it, we shouldn’t have to put up with it without complaint.
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