Joe Biden Calls House GOP a ‘Neanderthal Crowd’

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 04:  U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks before conducting a ceremonial swearing-in for Labor Secretary Thomas Perez at the Department of Labor September 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. Perez was officially sworn in July 23, 2013. Perez served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice before being tapped by President Barack Obama to head the Labor Department during his second term.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2013 Getty Images

Apparently there is now a Bidenism alert system, as the vice president prefaced his remarks during a party at his home Thursday evening with, "I'm going to say something outrageous." Biden went on to tell the crowd, which was gathered to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, that the bill nearly didn't pass thanks to "this sort of Neanderthal crowd" in the House. "I think I understand the Senate better than any man or woman who's ever served in there, and I think I understand the House ... I was surprised this last time ... the idea we still had to fight? We had to fight to reauthorize?" he said. "Did you ever think we'd be fighting over, you know, 17, 18 years later to reauthorize this?" On a related topic, did you ever think the person who unintentionally defused an international crisis with an off-the-cuff remark would be John Kerry?