President Obama and Vice President Biden mirrored each other’s thematics particularly well last night. They were on point with regard to redistribution of wealth and foreign policy. They were shoulder-to-shoulder on government spending and fibs about Obama’s personal history. But where they really came together was in the proposition that everyone who doesn’t vote for the Obama/Biden ticket is unpatriotic.

In little-noticed line in Biden’s speech, he laid the groundwork for this absurdly insulting argument. “I’ve got news for Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan, it has never, never, ever, been a good bet to bet against the American people,” he said. The implication is obvious: Romney and Ryan and their political allies want to bet against the American people. This is insipid, since it is the Democrats who bet against the American people by seizing their wealth and handling it themselves. It is Republicans who bet on the American people by relying on the American people to make their own financial decisions.

But no matter. Disloyalty to Barack is disloyalty to the American people.

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