The Man with the High IQ…

UPDATE: Nathaniel Botwinick at the National Review writes, “I apologize for my initial post which clipped the vice president in mid-sentence. I did not properly check the video in my haste. The complete remark, now on the amended post, changes the meaning. I sincerely apologize to the vice president and to our readers.”

Me too. Low IQ moment for me.

  • http://davidgriffey.blogspot.com/ Dave G.

    I would need to hear the broader context of what he was saying. Did he mean that there is a difference between rape or assault with a deadly weapon and simply slapping someone in the face during a heated argument? Or was there something else he was trying to get at?

  • Jamie R

    I would say this may actually be the smartest thing any politician has ever said about crime. There is a difference between degrees of violence. If a man and woman get into a fight, and one slaps the other, that’s a sign that there’s a problem in the marriage and they need counseling. If a man and woman get into a fight, and one rapes the other, that’s a sign that somebody needs to go to jail for several years. In a world of zero-tolerance, drawing that distinction correctly is vital.

    • Jamie R

      To clarify, I’m not certain that Biden drew the line at the right spot, and I don’t know what he said before or after the clip, but after decades of pushes towards zero-tolerance of everything and, with that, rapid overcriminalization, if a politician seems inclined to being soft on crime, that’s probably going to be a stem in the right direction.

      • carlamariee

        Biden is the one who originally brought the VAWA to Congress. I too would like to hear the context of this, as violence against women continues to be a huge, mostly ignored or unenforced problem.

  • brian_in_brooklyn

    “We’ve learned that certain behaviors on the part of an abuser portend much more danger than other behaviors. For example, if an abuser has attempted to strangle his victim, if he has threatened to shoot her, if he has sexually assaulted her, and there’s a number of other signs, about eight others. These are tell-tale signs to say this isn’t your garden-variety slap across the face which is totally unacceptable in and of itself.”

    Context is everything. Mark, I’m sure you’ll want to apologize and correct your error.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/342873/biden-isnt-your-garden-variety-slap-across-face-nathaniel-botwinick

    • Mark Shea

      I provided the context. It was still a stupid thing to say.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Biden is a never ending source of entertainment. You know who he reminds me of? Sergeant Frank Drebbin from the Naked Gun movies.

  • The Jerk

    1. The context shows this was only about half as stupid as I initially thought.

    2. Not to be “That Guy” BUT, even with the context how is this better than “Binders full of women?”

    • The True Will

      And what was supposed to be so appalling about the manufactured “binders” controversy, other than the fact that it was said by a Republican?
      Republican drinks water! Film at eleven… and twelve… and one…

  • Kristen inDallas

    I think a bigger problem…. is that the video you linked is telling me it’s “private” and no longer playable. Sure signs of a guberment-controlled youtube/facebook/everything internet blocking any potentially embarrassing material.

  • brian_in_brooklyn

    Mark, I’m glad you’ve now posted the entire clip, but your original comment referred to a clip that cut the Vice-President off at mid-sentence and thereby misrepresented the context and meaning.

    Nathaniel Botwinick at the National Review writes, “UPDATE: I apologize for my initial post which clipped the vice president in mid-sentence. I did not properly check the video in my haste. The complete remark, now on the amended post, changes the meaning. I sincerely apologize to the vice president and to our readers.”

    I wish you would do the same

  • The True Will

    Of course, this is not a matter of you automatically attacking something Biden said out of tribal loyalty, would it now?

  • Psy

    “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side,” ~Rick Santorum

    • Mark Shea

      Only because the Thing that Used to be Conservatism encourages and rewards anti-intellectualism, ignorance and stupidity. Time was we had the likes of St. Thomas and the Church Fathers on our side. Why just last month we had Benedict on our side. Santorum rewards and celebrates stupidity.

  • brian_in_brooklyn

    Mark, thank you for valuing honesty above scoring points.

    As we say in Brooklyn, you’re a mensch!

    God bless you and have a blessed (remainder of) Lent


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