Mass. Rep. Ed Markey might not be clear on the non-difference between math and arithmetic, but he saw the numbers add up at a fundraising event tonight featuring both Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Al Gore. The press, not surprisingly, was kept away from the event — it involved Biden and a microphone, after all — but pool reporter Matt Viser of the Boston Globe relayed some of the best lines.

Still sore from the defeat of the Democrats’ sweeping gun control legislation, Senate graduate Biden chided his colleagues for letting the freshmen push them around.

Al Gore took his global warming expert persona out of mothballs for the night to praise Markey’s work.

Gore, the former future president of the United States, had the chance to play straight man to crazy Uncle Joe.

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