Earlier this month, Tina Korbe blogged at Hot Air that the White House was “irked by rumors Obama plans to drop Biden“. You gotta wonder why the president wants to keep ol’ Joe on the job. He doesn’t shore up his base as Dan Quayle helped George H.W. Bush (Bush 41) with conservatives, particularly social conservative in 1992.
He is not well regarded for his intellect. If a Republican put his foot in his mouth as often as does the Delaware Democrat, he’d become the favorite punching bag of a great number of TV hosts as well as the poster boy for conservative incompetence.
But, their Joe is, well, used to fawning attention from the Beltway media that he bristles at the type of questioning prominent Republicans deal with on a regular basis. As he did the 2008 campaign when he “lambasted” a reporter’s “questions as ‘combative and woefully uninformed about simple facts'”, now he’s whining that journalist Jason Mattera asked him if he regretted “using a rape reference to describe Republican opposition to the president’s bill“:
Joe Biden’s office has complained to the Senate press gallery about a confrontation the vice president had with a conservative journalist last week on Capitol Hill.
Biden aides asked whether Senate rules were broken in the wake of the contentious exchange between the vice president and the reporter.
Why is it that so many Democrats get so upset when reporters ask them tough questions?
Biden’s crude response to Mattera’s challenge — “Don’t screw around with me” — is par for the Beltway Bubble Boy’s course. This entitled blowhard has long sought to bully reporters and ordinary citizens who question Bidenrhhea of the mouth. . . .
Anything less than total sycophancy from the Obamedia is considered “combative,” you see. Biden then cracked the brass knuckles and punished the Florida television station by canceling a previously scheduled interview with his wife.
Guess these folks have forgotten how a celebrated Democrat countered a politician who complained about harsh rhetoric on the campaign trail. “If you can’t stand the heat,” Harry S Truman used to say, “stay out of the kitchen.”
RELATED: Recall how Katie Couric tossed softballs to Joe when he was the Democratic vice presidential nominee while asking tougher questions of his Republican rival in 2008? Seems he and his ilk have come to expect deferential treatment from the media.