It's true. It happened. So spare me the GOP histrionics about Vice President Biden's alleged disrespect for the little douche Paul Ryan in last night's debate.
Some political positions (and subsequently the politicians that hold them) are worthy of mockery, and that's not only a reasonable informal debate style, it's also as old as this country.
In fact, those blessed "Founding Fathers" that the conservative wack-a-doodle-o-sphere so proudly and loudly celebrate as the paragon of legitimate governance and comportment were far, far, more nasty and personal in their attacks of each other. While they used flowing (and now archaic) language to do so, make no mistake with regard to the cruel intensity of their attacks.
When did reacting to blatant dishonesty become less respectful being blatantly dishonest? I have no desire to compete in a duel of variably partisan fact-checking. All I'm saying is that, laughing at risible behavior isn't a showing of "disrespect". It's a natural consequence.
[oh yeah, and this funny from digby]
The Republicans are predictably having a case of the vapors over that horrible Joe Biden's terrible manners, which is hilarious from the people who had no problem with Newt Gingrich browbeating the moderators to their faces or audience members screaming out "yeah!" when Wolf Blitzer asking if people who don't have insurance should die. To hear them go on today, fainting couches have sold out all over the country.