Biden challenges Palin’s snobbery

BIDEN CHALLENGES PALIN’S SNOBBERY…. Sarah Palin told donors in North Carolina on Wednesday night that she enjoys visiting “pro-America” parts of the country, as opposed to, well, she didn’t specify exactly.

Yesterday afternoon, campaigning in New Mexico, Joe Biden responded to Palin’s comments.

“It’s disappointing, and I hope it was just a slip on her part and she doesn’t really mean it,” Biden told supporters. “But she said, it was reported she said, that she likes to visit “pro-American” parts of the country. Ladies and gentlemen, I, like your senator and governor, have been all over this great land. I’ve never been to a state, I’ve never been to a state that hasn’t sent its sons and daughters to serve and die for this country…. One of the reasons why Barack and I are running is that we know how damaging the politics of division [is] that continues to be practiced by the McCain campaign, how damaging this policy of division has been for Americans over the last decade. It’s time to put this behind us.”

“We are one nation, under God, indivisible. We are all patriotic!” he shouted. “We all love our country in every part of this nation! And I’m tired. I am tired, tired, tired, tired of the implications about patriotism.”

CNN called this Biden’s “strongest attack on Sarah Palin to date.”

I have no idea what CNN is talking about. This is a “strong attack”? Palin said something ridiculous, Biden called her on it, and he effectively denounced the Republicans’ divisive smears. How is this an “attack” on Palin?

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.