Michelle Malkin
Last fall, before the midterm shellacking, Vice President Joe Biden admonished rank-and-file Democratic voters to "stop whining." Uncle Tough Guy should practice what he screeches. The 2012 campaign has barely begun, but Biden's thin skin makes a spring roll wrapper look impenetrable.

Biden's office is now calling for an official investigation of a young editor who dared to question His Highness. Jason Mattera of the conservative-leaning Human Events magazine confronted the veep last week on his hysterical claims that rape and murder would increase if Congress didn't ram through the half-trillion-dollar White House jobs bill. The testy exchange between the audacious journalist and the temper-challenged Beltway pol took place in a Senate hallway:

Mattera: Do you regret using a rape reference to describe Republican opposition to the president's bill?

Biden: I didn't use it. No, no, no, what I said, let's get it straight, guys. Don't screw around with me. Let's get it straight. Listen to me. I said rape was up, three times, in Flint (Michigan). They're the numbers, go look at the numbers. Murder's up, rape is up, burglary's up, that's exactly what I said.

Mattera: And if Republicans don't pass this bill, then rape will continue to rise?

Biden: Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise.

Never mind that the statistics in Flint actually show no correlation between crime rates and the number of police officers in the city. It's never about the facts. It's about the shameless demonization of Biden's and Obama's political opponents -- and those in the press who would dare question their doom-and-gloom narratives.

After jabbing his finger in Mattera's face, Biden stalked off, and one of his rattled press aide protectors yelped: "Who are you with?" Like playground tattletales who just got smacked in the face after cheating at tetherball, Team Biden then reported Mattera's transgressions to the Senate press gallery and the standing committee of correspondents. The Hill newspaper reported on Tuesday that "the matter is under review."

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.


Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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