Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a new domestic-violence-reduction initiative in Maryland this morning. Unfortunately, Biden’s choice of words seemed to downplay certain forms of domestic abuse:
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.
Okay, he qualified it by calling it totally unacceptable but still . . .
Good thing we didn’t elect that stupid Caribou Barbie, huh?