Let Joe be Joe and he'll do fine.
Joe Biden's main claim to fame is that he has admitted that he committed
plagiarism that should have gotten him thrown out of school. After Obama got
his tail kicked in the first presidential debate there is no question that Biden
must come out swinging. The question is whether Ryan will just stand there,
stare at the floor, and take it. Doubtful, highly doubtful.
biden will win hardball if he uses his hard head, but ryan will trounce him with
facts and sense, neither of which biden knows.
The congressional hearings on the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the US Consulate in
Libya are coming at a terrible time for Obama, and more importantly for Joe
Biden. Ryan will certainly point out Hillary Clinton's attempt to deny
initial White House claims that an anti-Muslim video was responsible for the
death and destruction in that attack.Forget the pop corn, I'm
going to order pizza while I watch.
I won't predict a winner but I do predict we'll hear a more
substantive debate than we'll get this year from the guys at the top of the
Joe just needs to mind his use of the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on
Television" and he'll do just fine.
Joe's gonna play hardball? Oh No! The horror! We're doomed, doomed I
Joe actually was one of the best debaters in the Democratic primaries in 08 and
Ryan has a tendency to look wonky (one of the problems Obama runs into). Now
I'm not saying Joe will definitely win but... let's just say you
conservatives probably shouldn't count chickens too early. A lot of
Democrats learned that lesson the hard way last week.
I just hope neither candidate resorts to the typical tactics of trying to define
their opponent using a strawman portrayal of them.Let each candidate
state his position and let the voters decide. After stating that position, I
think it is fair game for the other guy to be able to offer a rebuttal of
something along the lines of "he says he wants to do X, but I think that
will have the unintended consequence of Y".But it is very tiring
when the first words out of a candidates mouth is something like "my
opponent wants to throw granny off the cliff" or "he is a socialist who
will steal all your money". Such scare tactics don't work on me, but
too many people fall for it.
Mr. Biden has embarrassed the president along with the rest us. He appeals to
the old style populist campaigner; hyperbole, name calling, fist pounding and
little substance. Populists are the Know Nothing Party and in Mr Biden's
case, the description fits. He could be from Tammany Hall without any change.
Biden's job is to discredit Ryan, his plans and his numbers. Ryan is on
tape standing up to Obama himself in front of Committee, so Biden should be no
problem.Like Romney, Ryan will keep insisting his numbers are right in a
cordial way. The morning after fact-checkers are really just spinning for their
own party. No one believes them any more. You win or lose in real time.The incumbent has no defense of his own numbers because his plan isn't
working. People listen to Obama/Biden being critical of Romney/Ryan ideas and
think to themselves, "He's got no room to talk. We don't have a
budget and are headed for the fiscal cliff."Biden can get emotional
and misspeak when anyone challenges him, like the incident with the manager of
Kopp's restaurant in Wisconsin. Expect Ryan to challenge him to see if he
can push some buttons.
By the way, moderator Martha Raddatz went to East High. She graduated in 1971,