Vice President Biden said yesterday that the alternative to President Obama was the “Republican Tea Party.” A leading Republican senator was outraged. But note how he expressed his outrage:
“I can’t imagine any elected official making fun of people becoming highly involved in the electoral process,” said Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) when asked to comment on Biden’s remarks. “I just don’t see how that’s healthy. And yes, I think people who might criticize people getting highly engaged in the electoral process — I think that’s problematic and I just don’t understand why one would perceive criticizing that to be a good thing” (emphasis in original).
In other words, Corker’s objection to being lumped in with the Tea Party consists in lashing out at, and weirdly portraying as an opponent of all civic engagement, anybody who criticizes the Tea Party.
I can’t think of a tag line for this better than Biden’s: “Don’t compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative.”