Who's 'out of step?'

Vice President Joe “Potty Mouth” Biden was in Chapel Hill yesterday to raise money for the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates. At one event in the exclusive Carolina Inn, people paid $500 to eat hors d’oeuvres of crab crostini and spinach and goat cheese profiteroles.

For those who pay a little less for food, here’s a translation of the menu: fancy appetizers of small slices of toasted bread crust and miniature cream puffs.

Introducing the vice president, Gov. Bev Perdue joked about his use of gutter language on national TV during the signing of the national healthcare bill. She told the audience, “I want you to know that it is a big bleepin’ deal to have the vice president in the state.”

It certainly was a “big bleepin’ deal” for the thousands of Triangle commuters stuck in rush-hour traffic for hours because I-40 and other major roads where shut down during the vice president’s political fund raising activities.

And then Vice President Biden went on to tell the Democratic audience that Republicans are “widely out of step” with America.

This just in, Mr. Vice President: Gallup’s 2010 Confidence in Institutions poll has Congress ranking dead last of the 16 institutions rated. Only 11 percent of Americans have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress. That’s the Congress that includes Democrats and Republicans.

Only 36 percent of Americans have high confidence in the presidency, down 15 points from 2009.