By now, unless you’re so hip, cool and above it all that you can’t be bothered following election news, everyone’s heard about Vice President Joe Biden’s “he gonna put y’all back in chains.” gaffe. If you’re one of those mildly annoying hipsters, here’s what the rest of heard:
I was thinking about writing a post about it, but damn the editors at the National Review, they not only stole my thunder, they stole the lightning and the rain in the storm, too:
“Mitt Romney has an impeccable record on civil-rights issues, having learned at the knee of his father, a Republican who campaigned on civil rights in the 1960s. To suggest as Biden did that Romney’s program has something — anything — in common with slave-trading is vile even by the standards of Democratic campaign rhetoric. That no Democrat of note has spoken up against it is a testament to the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the party and the political movement it represents….He should be ashamed of himself, and those who associate with him should be ashamed of themselves…An honorable president would dismiss Biden. Barack Obama probably will buy him a beer.”
To paraphrase writer Mary McCarthy, other than agreeing with every word—including “and” and “the”—I’ve got nothing to add.