While extolling the virtues of his son Beau in a recent speech, our Clouseau-esque vice president launched into one of his folksy populist rants. "When he was over there in Iraq for a year," Vice President Biden explained, "people would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being—I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas."
It's likely Biden didn't know Shylock had anything to do with Jews, writes David Harsanyi. So it's not a big deal—or, it's as big a deal as the dozens of stories we've had to endure about GOP gaffes. But is there any question that the repercussions for these sorts of mistakes are meted out asymmetrically? There is simply no way a Republican could get away with the buffoonery Biden peddles almost daily.