But how long will cooler heads prevail, when the Vice President of the United States is using rhetoric like this on a conference call - essentially a dog-whistle for the unions, in a pitch that clearly suggests that physical intimidation and assault is not only acceptable, but mandatory:
"You guys built the middle class," said Biden in a virtual town hall conversation hosted by the AFL-CIO. "I would just emphasize what Hilda [Solis] said and say it slightly different: We don't see the value of collective bargaining, we see the absolute positive necessity of collective bargaining. Let's get something straight: The only people who have the capacity -- organizational capacity and muscle -- to keep, as they say, the barbarians from the gate, is organized labor. And make no mistake about it, the guys on the other team get it. They know if they cripple labor, the gate is open, man. The gate is wide open. And we know that too."
The e-mail announcement for the call went out to labor activists, including members of the growing advocacy group Working America, and it pitched the call as a conversation with 100,000 supporters about "Republican assaults on collective bargaining in at least a dozen states." AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis joined Biden on the call, where listeners were also allowed to ask questions (although Biden had to leave before that portion).
Dopey Joe does at least have the honesty to admit to the unions - like a well-paid whore to her dominant, demanding client - that's he's their bitch, their slut, and he'll do anything (or allow them to do anything)they ask, as long as they keep paying him to do so:
"I've got to state the obvious," he said. "There's an old expression: 'You go home with them that brung you to the dance.' You guys all brought me to the dance 36 years ago in Delaware as a United States senator. You've been with me, and I've stayed with you."
When the violence and class war that the Democrats have been stoking does erupt - and it will, but closer to the 2012 election, in an attempt to intimidate the electorate, Chavez-style - will Joe Biden accept the blame?
Perhaps the better question is whether the media will even assign him the blame? Or perhaps even a better question is, will he accept the credit for the forthcoming union violence from a media that has encouraged them to "push back hard"...
UPDATE: Well, how do you expect people to react, when the Vice President is telling folks that Republicans are just like rapists? Takes one to know one, Dopey Joe...