When Dan Quayle attacked the "Hollywood elite," the reaction of the American public was something between a sigh and a groan. When the "Hollywood elite" struck back during the Emmy Awards, the reaction of the American public--and, for that matter, of the Emmy audience itself--was something between a groan and a yawn.
Thanks to the vice president's post-Emmy counterattack, we now know that his sister, presumably a Republican, is a divorced and struggling single mother. But has any sane citizen ever doubted that Republicans also divorce, just as Democrats also marry? Or that there are gay Republicans, just as there are straight Democrats? Or that out-of-wedlock birth, which occurs, classically, "in the best of families," does not respect political affiliation?