President Obama: Okay, Joe. Since I was such an uninspiring failure in the first debate, I need you to get out there and act like a demented five year old. Basically just be yourself. Got it?
Vice President Biden: “Sir, yes, sir!”
The VP debate was an ambush. A desperate gasp to steal back Obama’s mojo by a man who’s spent the past four years as a punchline on Facebook caption photos. It was the Joe Blow Minstrel Hour. And not only was it a stress release for the off-kilter yahoos who make up the VP’s fan base, but it also allowed a hysterically depressed Chris Matthews to stop binging on Hostess Cupcakes for a few days.
To get it out of the way, I thought Ryan, a relatively inexperienced debater, did fine. It was a solid performance hampered by a lousy, in-the-bag moderator and a bizarre man-child who kept interrupting every five seconds. Biden’s creepy facial gymnastics and forced grunts were probably even more guttural than what Ryan expected, but the forty-two year old Republican candidate held his ground and did nothing to hurt Romney.
And whereas Ryan was sincere and forthright, Biden, when not acting like a drunken mime, spent the debate lying about the Obama administration’s past four years. He lied about Libya, he lied about the President meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, ”dozens of times”, he lied about Obama’s definition of “millionaires” – if you make $200,000 a year, congratulations, you’re a millionaire! – , he lied about Sarah Palin talking about death panels in their 2008 debate, he lied about Medicare, and maybe most appalling, he lied about how close Iran is to going nuclear. Biden was so rancid that forty minutes into the debate green slime oozed from my tv.
And yet, Joe did even worse than that. A career class warfare demagogue, Biden ranted about his love connection with the “47%” every chance he could. To the Vice President – and most Democrats – Americans are nothing more than various demographics to be pitted against each other. His stupid assertion that the members of our military solely come from this percentage or that the “53%” is somehow a bunch of fat cats free loading of the backs of am exploited underclass is the fantasy of a very well-off pseudo populist. A pseudo populist who has lurked around congress since 1973 and wouldn’t know the real world if it was a 1,000 pound anvil that fell on his head.
Joe Biden has no idea how to create, innovate, care for others, or work for a living.
He also has no clue how to show an opponent respect.
And although I have no doubt Biden’s political homage to professional wrestling will galvanize the teary eyed Obama base, does it matter? The zombies were going to stuff the ballot box anyways and I can’t imagine the VP inspiring anyone who falls into that odd zone of the undecided voter to now vote for Obama. Frank Luntz’s focus group of undecideds were unmoved by the Biden Show and they generally had nice things to say about Ryan’s intellect and composure. The one caveat being that the congressman should have been a little tougher with Joe.
This is an interesting point.
Would I have liked to see Ryan tell Biden to stop embarrassing the office of the Vice Presidency?
But Ryan knew what he was doing. By ignoring Biden and staying steady, he allowed the VP to become the laughing stock of the debate and demonstrate himself as Romney’s legitimate second in command.
Paul Ryan is the future.
Biden, a narcissistic, bloated past.
The President has played the race card, the “Republicans war on women” card, the class warfare card, and the lunatic Biden card. He’s about out of moves and quickly running out of friends. And regardless of how the VP Debate turned out, this 2012 Presidential Election, has been, and will remain to be, a surging Governor Mitt Romney’s to win.
Copyright 2012 Spencer Wolfe
If you enjoy this site, please click the website “like” button at the top right of this page and the article “like” button at the top left of this article. Also, if you have any thoughts you’d like to share, please leave a comment below and don’t forget to sign up for a free subscription to receive email updates on Punching the Left’s future articles.
Keep up the fight.