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At campaign event Biden mentions rape in criticizing Republicans

The vice president, known for speaking his mind and at times putting his foot in his mouth, said that Republicans who want to cut spending while at the same time cutting taxes for the wealthy are similar to rape apologists.

The Hill is a fine example of the Village media mentality. Biden is known for “at times putting his foot in his mouth”, as compared to who? Glenn Beck, George W. Bush or Sarah Palin.  More from the same The Hill report,

In setting up his comparison, the vice president explained to the audience that before the Violence Against Women Act that he championed was passed into law, “there was this attitude in our society of blaming the victim,” according to a press pool account of the event.

“When a woman got raped, blame her because she was wearing a skirt too short, she looked the wrong way or she wasn’t home in time to make the dinner,” Biden said.

Some right-wing women in the comments duly noted their breath taking faux outrage. Do all conservatives buy the same impenetrable fact bubble from a government sub-contractor who has the bubbles imported from China. Biden is being generous towards public attitudes and conservative Republican attitudes in general when it comes to blaming the victim. From March 16, 2001 – Republican lawmaker blames 11-year-old victim of alleged gang rape

While it’s a common tactic of abusers, it’s something no one expected of Republican Florida state Rep. Kathleen Passidomo.

During debate over a bill that would legislate a dress code for Florida students, Passidomo blamed the alleged gang raping of an 11-year-old in Cleveland, Texas on the way the young girl was dressed.

“There was an article about an 11 year old girl who was gangraped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed like a 21-year-old prostitute,” Passidomo declared.

“And her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students,” she added.

Passidomo managed to encapsulate every Republican talking point about rape into a short rant – rape victims are to blame, the way one dresses is the cause of rape and she added a little extra malice by blaming the victim’s parents. Back to VP Biden,

“We’ve gotten by that,” he said. “But it’s amazing how these Republicans, the right wing of this party – whose philosophy threw us into this God-awful hole we’re in, gave us the tremendous deficit we’ve inherited – that they’re  now using, now attempting to use, the very economic condition they have created to blame the victim – whether it’s organized labor or ordinary middle-class working men and women. It’s bizarre. It’s bizarre.”

After Biden’s appearance at the fundraiser, his office tried to focus on the economic message.

“The vice president was obviously making the point that on any issue, we shouldn’t blame the victim,” Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander said. “Blaming workers or union members for states’ fiscal crises – an argument made by some Republican governors – isn’t the answer.”

Biden is simply speaking truth to power. Republicans are, to the core, fundamentally bourgeois corporate socialists who believe the elites should run the country and the rest of us should pay when they screw up. I covered a few of the specifics in the post before this one and Robert L. Borosage covers the same ground here – Republicans Who Crashed The Economy Want The Middle-Class to Pay.

Some of the commenters at The Hill rush to say Biden has “no class”. Never ever take lessons from a right-wing conservative on class: Kansas lawmaker compares rape to auto theft. Or here’s some conservative class, GOP candidate compares ‘tyrannical’ health care bill to slavery in commercial. Here is some more class and what passes for a reasonable analogy in Wingnuttia, The health-care-is-rape argument comes courtesy of WorldNetDaily managing editor David Kupelian. In a piece entitled “Barack Obama and the date-rape of America” or Glenn Beck’s version, Glenn Beck Compares Healthcare Reform to Roman Polanski’s Statutory Rape. Also a candidate for the top ten rape analogies, Republican Ken Buck Compares Homosexuality to Alcoholism, Defends Rape as ‘Buyer’s Remorse’ (video).

Just recently Republicans tried to redefine rape downward. Unless the victim was severely beaten while tied up with a gun at their head, was it really rape –  Drugged, raped, and pregnant? Too bad. Republicans are pushing to limit rape and incest cases eligible for government abortion funding. Having “class” is not the issue as much as having a set of values that should be abhorrent to any person claiming to be civilized. Listening to Republicans whine and lecture about rape and blame analogies is somewhere in the ball park of listening to them claim they know where the WMD are, they’re experts at running the economy and they have singularly superior values.


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