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Biden's frosty tax encounter

Has Vice President Joe Biden met his own Joe the Plumber?

Kopps_sign_via_rachelleb-dot-comWhile in Milwaukee, Wisc., this weekend to participate in a fundraiser for Sen. Russ Feingold, Biden went looking for some ice cream. He was directed instead to an area shop that offers a different frozen treat.

Donning a paper hat, the Veep went behind the counter at Kopp's Frozen Custard Stand, scooped some cones and then, digging into his pocket, asked shop manager Scott Borkin what he owed.

Borkin quipped he'd call it even if Biden would just "lower our taxes."

Biden, as he's wont, didn't let it go. After a pause, the vice president responded, with local TV station cameras still taping, "Why don't you say something nice instead of being a smartass all the time. Say something nice."

Borkin said the vice president then came back to let the shop manager know that the retort was all in jest.

Of course, anti-Administration folks are having a field day with Joe the Veep's latest gaffe on tape.

I, however, am willing to cut Joe some slack, not on political grounds, but because he didn't get the ice cream he had been hoping for. I know I get cranky when I don't get the frozen dairy dessert that I want!

You can read (and see) more on the exchange at WISN, Media Matters, Fox News, New York Daily News and USAToday's The Oval blog.

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