The Repugs are outraged at recent comments by Vice President Joe Biden. Poor Joe. He does have a habit of stirring the Republican bouillabaisse. How dare he suggest that Romney/Ryan/Rand would push an economic agenda that might, just might, further hamper the long term prospects of the middle class all so the very wealthy can have a few more tax breaks. And a slavery analogy to boot. Bad Joe, Bad!
Just for the hell of it, let's turn back the clock a bit. When Bill Clinton was prez, the elephants said he was a cocaine dealer, that he killed Vince Foster, perpetrated a real estate fraud, and while the whole impeachment was technically about lying under oath, let's be honest, it was pretty much an excuse to talk about his sex life. Clinton remained above the fray.
Al Gore runs for the top spot, and the Repugs make him out as a pathological liar incapable of telling the truth. If Gore had said it was sunny at noon, the Rove squad would have claimed an eclipse had blocked out the sun. Gore took the high ground and didn't fight back.
John Kerry, a decorated war hero was portrayed as a coward who had falsified his military records. The senator responded with reason and facts.
Barack Obama runs and....let's recount the lies. He was born In Kenya. He is a secret Muslim. He is a socialist. He wants to impose sharia law on America. He wants to take guns away so that the United Nations can take over the country. That he went on an apology tour, and blamed the United States for all the ills of the world. That he wants to drive the cost of energy up to the point that the national economy will fail. And it goes on and on.
But the pattern seems to be changing. President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and V.P. Biden are fighting back. Of course the Repugs are outraged. Democrats are supposed to be reasoned and too pure for the hard fight of modern politics. Mittens might actually have to defend himself against Democratic counter attacks. How unexpected. Democrats willing to meet Republican smears with something other than polite rejoinders. And by the way, co-nominee Ayn Rand was not born in the United States. Bad Democrats. Bad!