During last night’s debate, Joe Biden employed a favorite tactic from the liberal playbook; that is, silence the opposition. When Paul Ryan did get the chance to speak, Biden could be seen in the split screen smirking and laughing like a crazed idiot at the thought of slaughter in Syria and Israel’s nuclear annihilation. Can you think of anything more hilarious?
Some other impressions:
- As I predicted, moderator Martha Radditz couldn’t help herself. She repeatedly refused to let Paul Ryan complete his answers. He would get halfway through, and she would interrupt him. By my count, interrupted Biden only once. She opened the debate with a question about the 9/11 anniversary terrorist attack in Libya, during which 4 Americans were murdered. Here’s what she said:
I would like to begin with Libya. On a rather somber note, one month ago tonight, on the anniversary of 9/11, Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans were killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi. The State Department has now made clear, there were no protesters there.
RADDATZ: it was a pre-planned assault by heavily armed men. Wasn’t this a massive intelligence failure, Vice President Biden?
“Intelligence failure?” Seriously? So the moderator provided the administration with an out for their failed policies and their two weeks of blatant pre-meditated lies about al Qaeda’s greatest success against America since the original 9/11 attack. Biden proceeded to promise that the administration would get to the bottom of what happened, which should be easy since they knew within 24 hours of the attack, and then changed the subject to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Obama’s promise to follow America’s enemies “to the gates of hell.” I guess that didn’t apply to the al Qaeda operatives who killed Ambassador Stevens and 3 other Americans after repeated requests for more security. Joe said that the administration didn’t know about those requests, but the day before Former Department of State Libyan Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom told a House committee just the opposite. From the Daily Caller:
He [Mr. Nordstrom] recalled telling Bureau of Diplomatic Security Regional Director Jim Bacigalupo that he felt the Taliban was “on the inside of the building.”
- I think Ryan missed an opportunity here to bust Biden on the lie that “Well, we weren’t told they wanted more security there. We did not know they wanted more security again. And by the way, at the time we were told exactly — we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. That was the assessment. And as the intelligence community changed their view, we made it clear they changed their view.”
- Joe also attempted to dispose of the administration’s responsibility for their failed and deadly policy by citing Paul Ryan’s budget.
[T]he — this lecture on embassy security — the congressman here cut embassy security in his budget by $300 million below what we asked for, number one. So much for the embassy security piece.
Not so fast, Joe. The administration’s pathetic response to al Qaeda on the march is to conduct a two-week disinformation campaign, then throw the intelligence community under the bus and to try to blame a proposed Republican budget. I don’t that ends the conversation. I invite any whistleblowers out there to speak up. Remember those two fools, Valerie Plame and her idiot husband Joe Wilson, and their “courageous” exposure of the Bush administrations “lies?” It’s time for the people that this passel of lying Marxists are trying to blame for their failures to quit covering for them.
- I’m shocked that Joe Biden never used the phrase “kitchen table.”
- I feared that, since supposedly Maryland governor Martin O’Malley was playing Paul Ryan in Joe’s debate rehearsals, Biden might use some of those cringe-inducing and unfunny lines that O’Malley threw out on Fox News Sunday last week about Carol Merrell and Door Number 3. I was delighted that he didn’t.
- Joe Biden’s rude smirking, mugging and inappropriate laughter was stunning. Clearly, his coaches told him to be sure not to appear uninterested, bored and listless the way Obama did in the first debate last week, so he chose to snigger like a goofball, which I think was a very poor choice. I know that since liberals can’t win on substance, they often confuse attitude with good argument, but that doesn’t play so well with the 75% of the American people who don’t share their ideology.
- As I predicted, the folks over at the 24/7 nuthouse were delighted by Joe Biden’s performance. What we saw as rude and condescending with the constant interruptions, the bizarre exaggerated grinning, and inexplicable laughter, they saw as Joe really taking it to these right-wing bastards. I’m sure that when he followed his marching orders by mentioning that “devastating” 47% remark that Mitt Romney made at a May fundraiser, lying about General Motors, which did in fact go into bankruptcy, and mentioning Grover Norquist, there were thrills going up a lot of legs. Way to push those lefty buttons, Joe! Unfortunately for Joe, right after that brilliant monologue of malarkey, Paul Ryan pointed out that the unemployment rate in Joe’s hometown of Scranton, PA is 10% today, adding that when these guys came into office, it was 8.5%. He proceeded to point out that economic growth is going in the wrong direction.
- Paul Ryan disposed of the 47% remark with a nice comeback:
And with respect to that quote, I think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.
I think Joe understands that. He responded by saying “But I always say what I mean.” So I guess he stands by that “first mainstream African American who is bright and clean and articulate” thing he said about the boss.
Bottom line: Joe Biden came off as a crazy, rude clichè spouting dissembler. Paul Ryan came off as a serious person.
As my grandmother used to say, there’s no fool like an old fool.