“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.” Ryan’s rebuttal to Biden on the famous Romney statement about the 47 percent.
While neither said anything new, Biden was the more aggressive of the two. In his efforts to try to neutralize some of the damage the president inflicted on himself last week, and also not ruin his reputation for being long-winded, Biden repeatedly interrupted and broke every rule of civilized debate. To be fair about this last point, moderatorseemed like she may have been one those substitute referees from professional football.
This was likely not an altitude issue since Centre College, where the debate was held, is in Danville Kentucky (35-40 miles southwest of Lexington). Of course, Biden was frustrated by Ryan throwing Biden’s deliberate distortions back at him. That interfered with Biden’s condescending attitude, as exemplified by his repeated s--- eating grin.
Biden’s repeatedly and falsely referring to Ryan as "my friend” and asking in such a pretentiously authoritative voice “who do you believe” added to his condescending manner. To Ryan’s credit, he smiled and remained the gentlemen of the two. The public got a good look at Ryan, the calm and cool knowledgeable gentleman, and Biden the Blowhard.
When Biden said, “Not some of the military. That was the decision of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recommended to us and agreed to by the president. That is a fact," that brought to mind how Obama functions. If Obama doesn’t like someone’s professional opinion he dismisses them or their opinions. It happened with four star Army general Stanley McChrystal, a Ranger and a Green Beret, who was the former commander of allied troops in Afghanistan; GE Chairman & CEO Jeffery Immelt, chairman of Obama’s “Jobs Council;” and, first Chair of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, to name just three.
So, too, with all the studies Obama, Biden & Co. cite about taxes or anything else. One must question what was quietly said to those ultimately behind such reports. To me, there is simply, to bring back a Nixonian term, a “credibility gap” with that entire Chicago crowd and its surrogates.
Biden has been a supporter of Israel and no doubt has met Israel’s prime ministermany times. So to show off his familiarity with an important foreign head of state, Biden referred to Netanyahu by his nickname, Bibi. But Bibi and Mitt go back much farther than Joe and Bibi. Bibi and Mitt go back to the mid ‘70s, when both were employed at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and long before either knew what he was to become. That is a whole different level of relationship. Ryan didn’t fall for it, and Biden outsmarted himself on that one. Anyone who thinks Bibi, or most Israelis, are pleased with Obama's pledges of security, can buy that bridge Biden said he had for sale. However, Bibi lived in the U.S. for many years and earned two degrees from MIT (architecture and MBA), so he knows something about American politics.
In winning this debate, Ryan won as much by what he did not say. Otherwise, he would have interrupted the vice president’s several dozen interruptions and Biden’s attempt to act like Ryan was there only to listen.
All-in-all, Biden was his own worst enemy. I don’t know how many readers caught this, but it appeared at one point when Biden was writing something, his lips seemed to be moving. I’m not an expert on reading lips, but he seemed to be saying “I’m doing better than Obama.”
NOTE: All quotes from: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/
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