Quotes of the day

posted at 8:42 pm on October 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

Vice President Joe Biden’s repeated laughter during Thursday’s debate was a reflection of the “enormous amount of passion and joy” he brings to the job of serving the American people, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday…

“The person I saw up there last night is somebody who is absolutely passionate about fighting for and defending the middle class… and who comes to his job — this many years in to serving his country in the Senate and now to the White House — with an enormous amount of passion and joy,” Carney said…

“Setting aside assessments of winners and losers,” he said, “As someone who worked with the vice president for two years and traveled with him around the country and the world, I took extreme pleasure in watching the debate last night because of the way that he demonstrated his passion and his wisdom and the joy that he brings to the job of serving the American people as vice president.”

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Last week Mr. Obama was weirdly passive. Last night Mr. Biden was weirdly aggressive, if that is the right word for someone who grimaces, laughs derisively, interrupts, hectors, rolls his eyes, browbeats and attempts to bully. He meant to dominate, to seem strong and no-nonsense. Sometimes he did—he had his moments. But he was also disrespectful and full of bluster. “Oh, now you’re Jack Kennedy!” he snapped at one point. It was an echo of Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle, in 1988. But Mr. Quayle, who had compared himself to Kennedy, had invited the insult. Mr. Ryan had not. It came from nowhere. Did Mr. Biden look good? No, he looked mean and second-rate. He meant to undercut Mr. Ryan, but he undercut himself. His grimaces and laughter were reminiscent of Al Gore’s sighs in 2000—theatrical, off-putting and in the end self-indicting

National Democrats keep confusing strength with aggression and command with sarcasm. Even the latter didn’t work for Mr. Biden. The things he said had the rhythm and smirk of sarcasm without the cutting substance.

And so the Romney-Ryan ticket emerged ahead. Its momentum was neither stopped nor slowed and likely was pushed forward.

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It will be the crowning irony of the No Drama Obama campaign that it took a man who exudes more drama than a decade of Latin American soap operas to get Democrats out of their funk…

At the same time, my in-box was filled with a certain number of people who would be happy if they could spend the next few weeks delivering some punches to Biden, and not just Republicans. What do independents want most? They want people who will practice a more respectful brand of politics, who will behave the way most Americans try to behave in their dealings: respectfully, maybe even pausing to listen for a second. To them, Biden will seem like an off-putting caricature of the worst of old-style politics

A lot of people will look at Biden’s performance and see a style of politics that makes complex trade-offs impossible. The people who think this way swing general elections.

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Whereas President Obama’s smile during his debate with Mitt Romney seemed to be an afterthought, proffered as recompense to relieve the strain of his lackluster performance, Vice President Biden’s was an Uzi. From the time he sat down next to Paul Ryan, he was locked and loaded with the pearliest chompers since Matt Dillon donned horse veneers to impress Cameron “There’s Something About Mary” Diaz…

Biden’s smile, though it may be the most remembered part of the debate, probably didn’t work as intended. Democrats may have overlooked the inauthenticity of the smile, not to mention Biden’s repeated interruptions, because he was projecting the aggression they were feeling. As their agent, he was compensating for the president’s perceived weakness. The anger they feel is really toward Obama, of course; Ryan was merely his stand-in.

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The Democrats cheering on Biden’s bullying, while ignoring the fact that he had nothing to offer on the future of entitlements and his disgraceful alibis about Libya, did so because at bottom they really do not feel Republicans or conservatives are worthy of respect or decency. Though they rarely own up to it, they don’t think Republicans are so much wrong as they are bad. By contrast, most Republicans think Democrats are wrong, not evil. Ryan, whose polite behavior was entirely proper but was made to appear passive and even weak when compared to his bloviating opponent, demonstrated this paradigm by patiently trying to explain his positions even when he was constantly interrupted…

The problem here is not just that presidents and would-be commanders-in-chief must appear presidential. It is that the liberal base of the president’s party is so filled with anger and contempt for Republicans that they can’t abide even a show of civility from their champions.

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Biden aimed to throw the Obama base a lifeline. He fed the Kos Kidz desperate need for to see some fight, but at the cost of his remaining (and mostly notional) dignity. If you want a gibbering, snorting, mumbling clown with a rictus-grin locked on his mug a heartbeat away from controlling America’s nuclear arsenal, Joe Biden’s your guy…

The conventional wisdom this morning is that the debate was a tie. That conventional wisdom is (as is so often the case) dead wrong. Biden played to his base, trying to dig Obama out of the hole he’s been trapped in since last week’s debate trainwreck. Ryan played to the center, to the swing and to the late-engagers. The post-hoc coverage won’t factor into their decisions: the pictures and Biden’s mugging, drunk-uncle affect will. (Also, Biden opened several new, Costco-scale cans of worms for the Administration on the Libya scandal.)

In short, Biden did nothing to reset the race, and the edge of panic is still there in the Obama campaign.

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“Biden’s debate preparation was watching repeatedly ‘The Shining.’ And I think he did an excellent imitation of Jack Nicholson,” Charles Krauthammer observed on the “Special Report” panel.

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Via the Daily Rushbo.

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Its Scrumpy time.

SparkPlug on October 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Dick..
Head..

Electrongod on October 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Posted pretty early tonight.

novaculus on October 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Joe Biden’s repeated laughter during Thursday’s debate was a reflection of the “enormous amount of passion and joy” he brings to the job of serving the American people, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday…

Jay could get a job for the Jong-Il clan in North Korea……

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM

They are here.

MontanaMmmm on October 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Vice President Joe Biden’s repeated laughter during Thursday’s debate was a reflection of the “enormous amount of passion and joy” he brings to the job of serving the American people, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday…

Bahhahahahahah..

He laughs as this country mourns..
B@stard!

Electrongod on October 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Posted pretty early tonight.

novaculus on October 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

2 fer down at the local pub..

Electrongod on October 12, 2012 at 8:46 PM

It was said of John Kerry that he doesn’t so much smile as he more often just bares his teeth.

same applies to Joe Biden.

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Bahhahahahahah..

He laughs as this country mourns..
B@stard!

Electrongod on October 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM

You just wish you could go to work every single day and forget any intelligence or self-respect you have and get to defend men like Obama and Biden. /

Wow.

CW on October 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

You know, there’s got to be more than a few people in the know within the intelligence community who have a little dirt on the dirtbags currently occupying the White House…

Now that Biden has so publicly thrown the intelligence community under the Obama bus, I wonder if some “inconvenient facts” may emerge in the coming days. A late October surprise, if you will…

swanzoid on October 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Joyful, Joyful, Joyful…..

Now get the crazy old nutjob some thorazine.

Tim_CA on October 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Vice President Joe Biden’s repeated laughter during Thursday’s debate was a reflection of the “enormous amount of passion and joy” he brings to the job of serving the American people, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday…

Umm No. He laughed at people dying.

SparkPlug on October 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Joe Biden’s repeated laughter during Thursday’s debate was a reflection of the “enormous amount of passion and joy” he brings to the job of serving the American people, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday…

the best way to get a democrat out in the field would be to convince him that there are republicans marching against him….. We are their mortal enemy. We are to be derided, mocked, beaten, flogged, smeared and destroyed. We apparently aren’t worthy enough to be their fellow countrymen. That’s the truth, that’s how we’re treated. Well, let’s get it on fellas.

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I know they won’t admit it, but the Left has to be truly horrified at the displays of their chosen ones.

Liam on October 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Wow.

CW on October 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

I just can’t place myself in Biden’s mind…

..No wait…..

I see a circus…

I hear something…

Electrongod on October 12, 2012 at 8:52 PM

It is that the liberal base of the president’s party is so filled with anger and contempt for Republicans that they can’t abide even a show of civility from their champions.

i meant to quote this w/ my last comment.

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Im sure that that SEALs mother wasn’t laughing one damn bit.

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 8:52 PM

It is not just that they are ‘filled with anger and contempt’ for the right. Its that they believe that we are evil and stupid and, thus, deserve that anger and contempt.

They believe this because it is part and parcel of feeling good about themselves at the expense of others. They’ve been groomed to feel that way by those they’ve chosen to be their leaders. Think of Obama’s “bitter clinger’s” remark .

thatsafactjack on October 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Im sure that that SEALs mother wasn’t laughing one damn bit.

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM

No she wasn’t..

Electrongod on October 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Joe Biden’s repeated laughter during Thursday’s debate was a reflection of the “enormous amount of passion and joy” he brings to the job of serving the American people, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday

…there’s a crack epidemic going on in the White House

KOOLAID2 on October 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Dick..
Head..

Electrongod on October 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

That Mr. Richard Noggin to you, Pal.

hawkdriver on October 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Dammit, That’s Mr. ….

hawkdriver on October 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM

NumbersMuncher ‏@NumbersMuncher
IBD/Tipp poll today has a tied race at 46%. Romney leads indys by 9 pts. Sample is D+7 (same as 2008)

gumbyandpokey on October 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM

“Biden’s debate preparation was watching repeatedly ‘The Shining.’ And I think he did an excellent imitation of Jack Nicholson,” Charles Krauthammer observed on the “Special Report” panel.

I laughed out loud when I read this…..Heeere’s Joey!!!!

BeachBum on October 12, 2012 at 8:58 PM

“Setting aside assessments of winners and losers,” he said, “As someone who worked with the vice president for two years and traveled with him around the country and the world, I took extreme pleasure in watching the debate last night because of the way that he demonstrated his passion and his wisdom and the joy that he brings to the job of serving the American people as vice president.”

What a bunch of malarkey. How much are we paying this putz to shovel this crapola in our faces? Ryan was the only adult on the stage.

Kissmygrits on October 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Joe Biden’s repeated laughter during Thursday’s debate was a reflection of the “enormous amount of passion delusion and joy” lunacy he brings to the job of serving the American people, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday

…there’s a crack epidemic going on in the White House

KOOLAID2 on October 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM

fifJay

predator on October 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

gumbyandpokey on October 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Someone cried when they saw the RCP average….

say where is the Rasmussen number?

You a joke, troll.

CW on October 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

D+7 (same as 2008)

gumbyandpokey on October 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM

and???

CW on October 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201210/friday-night-lights-director-mitt-romney-dont-steal-our-phrase

Add another Hollywood lefty to the list. Does Mr. Berg deserve continued support?

And as for +9 or whatever samples…..these polls mean nothing because it’s all about TURNOUT.

If the gop turns out, then the pollsters that had a gop of +3 will be right.

If the Dems have a +5 then the Zogbys’ of the world will be right.

PappyD61 on October 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

You know, there’s got to be more than a few people in the know within the intelligence community who have a little dirt on the dirtbags currently occupying the White House…

Now that Biden has so publicly thrown the intelligence community under the Obama bus, I wonder if some “inconvenient facts” may emerge in the coming days. A late October surprise, if you will…

swanzoid on October 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

lol….oh the leaks….they will be a commin’!

Bet on it.

*rubbing hands together and laughing*

Tim_CA on October 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I betcha there is a truckload of pall malls being delivered to the white house this weekend.

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Chucklehead.

Pork-Chop on October 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Joe Biden’s repeated laughter during Thursday’s debate was a reflection of the “enormous amount of passion and joy” he brings to the job of serving the American people, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday…

I’ve heard passion and joy, I’ve known passion and joy.

Mr. Jerkface, what we heard last night was not passion…and it sure as hell wasn’t joy. At least not as human beings know it.

squint on October 12, 2012 at 9:04 PM

swanzoid on October 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

lol….oh the leaks….they will be a commin’!

Bet on it.

*rubbing hands together and laughing*

Tim_CA on October 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

The intelligence people are none to happy with Ol’ Joe.

predator on October 12, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Mr Vice-President, I didn’t serve with Lloyd Bentsen. I didn’t know Lloyd Bentsen. Lloyd Bentsen wasn’t a friend of mine. Mr Vice-President, you’re no Lloyd Bentsen.

The Left can’t discern the difference between a devastating, rapier debate performance and an obnoxious, condescending, oafish, undignified, disrespectful, off-his-meds, buffoonish meltdown.

Trust me, most women have had the displeasure of either working for a Joe Biden or having a drunken one paw her in a pub and the instinctive, guttural reaction is anything but attractive or swaying.

While Paul Ryan missed so many obvious opportunities, the one thing that his performance — like Romney’s debate — allowed the public to see that he was anything but the blood-dripping-from-his-teeth, granny-killing radical that over $200 million in negative ads by Team Obama had attempted to make him out to be. He was knowledgeable, calm, prepared, respectful, and measured.

Resist We Much on October 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Obama smokes Newports, according to one of his celebrity pals.

thatsafactjack on October 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM

We Win, or Win Can’t happen these days, but Iran EMP nukes the east coast and reduces us to this. Farewell, King!

Who is John Galt on October 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM

The intelligence people are none to happy with Ol’ Joe.

predator on October 12, 2012 at 9:04 PM

And they’re Lifers.

Their allegance is to the job. Tactically, a very, very stupid (and blatant) move.

Tim_CA on October 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM

The debate really brought home how closely this administration has flirted with disaster. No, not Benghazi or the economy. That laughing clown is one. heartbeat. away.

de rigueur on October 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

gumbyandpokey on October 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Electrongod on October 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Joe Biden’s repeated laughter during Thursday’s debate was a reflection of the “enormous amount of passion and joy” he brings to the job of serving the American people, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday…

LOL. Passion and joy? Biden looked more like a lunatic who’d been palming his anti-psychotic meds all week.

And you’d think a guy who reportedly spent $20,000 on his teeth could have bought a set that looked a bit more realistic. I bet George Washington had more human-looking teeth than Joe Biden does.

AZCoyote on October 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Tim_CA on October 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Catholic bishops are calling him on the healthcare mandates too.

If Biden were Chinese his name would be Jou Yoo Ly.

predator on October 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

In what POSSIBLE venue would Biden’s behavior be acceptable? I can’t think of one.

Paul-Cincy on October 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Dance for the people Joe, Dance.

MontanaMmmm on October 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Palin! Yes!

Lanceman on October 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Somebody needs to intercut a mix video of that grinning jackass, Max Headroom, and Terrance & Phillip.

rayra on October 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

At the risk of saying ” trust me ” Joe B is a crook that has used his
slimy family and sob stories to involve people in crooked state
of DE deals . Some people went to prison , not the Bieden bros..
Yah he had a tragedy in his life so did the guy who went away
for one of his schemes .
Solves nothing , but I feel better for getting it out .

Lucano on October 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Vice President Joe Biden’s repeated laughter during Thursday’s debate was a reflection of the “enormous amount of passion and joy” he brings to the job of serving the American people, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday…

Psychologists call it inappropriate affect.

de rigueur on October 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

The children needed a shot of self-esteem.

Ben Hur on October 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Has this been posted anywhere yet?

New Biden meme

tkyang99 on October 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Dance for the people Joe, Dance.

MontanaMmmm on October 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Biden reminds me of Jeff Dunham’s dummy, Walter.

predator on October 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

His grimaces and laughter were reminiscent of Al Gore’s sighs in 2000 the Joker in Batman

VorDaj on October 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

All over, folks.

iCarly/Electric Company poll shows obama winning 87%-9% among likely voters with an R+1,000,000 sample!

gutmeandpokeme on October 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Lanceman on October 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM

The Constitutional amendment we really need but will never pass: “No Federal Electee shall serve more than One Term. The length of term for President shall be 6 years, Senator 8 years, Congressperson 4 years.”

The other amendment we need would repeal the 17th.

Who is John Galt on October 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM

“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 Biden, at the debate

On the morning of the 12th of September — that would be the morning after the evening President Obama had been briefed that there was an ongoing assault on the Benghazi consulate and the Ambassador was missing and went to bed to get his beauty sleep – the President was told that Stevens and 3 others were dead…evidently, he did not answer the 3 AM phone call or his staff didn’t think it was important enough to tell him…he canceled his PDB and made a statement in the Rose Garden.

The significance of his statement is that, standing next to him, was one Hillary Clinton – THE SECRETARY OF STATE.

Now, why is this important?

The Deputy Assistant of State, Charlene Lamb, has already testified that she was able to follow what happened “in almost real time” from a command centre in Washington. She KNEW what had happened.

Do they really think that we are stupid enough to believe that the Deputy Assistant of State did not tell the Secretary of State what she witnessed “in almost real time” from a command centre in DC and the Secretary of State didn’t tell the President of the United States before she joined him in the Rose Garden for his address to the nation?

Really?

Resist We Much on October 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Biden will seem like an off-putting caricature of the worst of old-style politics the Mad Hhatter and Ted Bundy

VorDaj on October 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

What Google can tell us about Joe Biden, Paul Ryan and ourselves — in one graphic
on October 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm
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To (kind of) quote Bill Parcells: You are what your search history says you are.

And so, for all the media critics who insist the press focuses on all the wrong things, prioritizing superficial pomp over policy heft, we give you a chart of the top search terms on Google during Thursday night’s vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

It’s eye-opening and reveals that deep down at places you don’t talk about at parties, you are interested in seeing Paul Ryan shirtless and, possibly, working out shirtless. Or knowing just how old Joe Biden actually is. Embrace it.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/10/12/what-google-can-tell-us-about-joe-biden-paul-ryan-and-ourselves-in-one-graphic/?wprss=rss_the-fix

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

The other amendment we need would repeal the 17th.

Who is John Galt on October 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Oh, and yes override the above “Senate 8 years”. States rights, ya’know. REPEAL THE 17TH AMENDMENT!!!!

Who is John Galt on October 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

In what POSSIBLE venue would Biden’s behavior be acceptable? I can’t think of one.

Paul-Cincy on October 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

OK, any informal, private (or semi-private, like at a bar) venue where there’s been heavy drinking all around. Other than that … Biden’s conduct is the height of boorishness. To say NOTHING of it being on display at a freakin’ Vice Presidential debate.

Paul-Cincy on October 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Biden reminds me of Jeff Dunham’s dummy, Walter.

predator on October 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

You mean like this, you are spot on.

MontanaMmmm on October 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

From the time he sat down next to Paul Ryan, he was locked and loaded with the pearliest chompers

I have heard that Biden has at least 6 different sets of dentures and which set he wears depends on the occasion.

VorDaj on October 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Who is John Galt on October 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Glad someone else is replying to their own posts. Now I don’t feel so alone. *LOLz*

Paul-Cincy on October 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Am still amused by the surprise that Ryan plays well with women. Umm… He’s hot as well as being an utterly sincere sweetie with actual career ambitions.

As for Biden, he was playing for the gotcha moment. Which is why JFK came up. Ryan’s job was to appear ready to be President and to preserve his future political career.

Illinidiva on October 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Biden was despicable last night.

John the Libertarian on October 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I suppose the BLS will come out with another bogus economic report to make up for Biden’s embarrassing and disastrous performance.

Punchenko on October 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM

fyi: SEAL movie “Act of Valor” now on Netflix for streaming

spoolin’ it up, yo

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Im sure that that SEALs mother wasn’t laughing one damn bit.

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Doherty’s mom? The one who said, “I don’t trust Romney” and demanded he stop mentioning her son Glen’s name? Or do you mean Sean Smith’s mom, Pat, who tearfully begged just to know how her only child died?

Christien on October 12, 2012 at 9:25 PM

OK, any informal, private (or semi-private, like at a bar) venue where there’s been heavy drinking all around. Other than that … Biden’s conduct is the height of boorishness. To say NOTHING of it being on display at a freakin’ Vice Presidential debate.

Paul-Cincy on October 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

I think some of the problem has to do with the fact that this administration has opted to go on shows like David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Jay Leno, The View, Entertainment Tonight, P!mp with a Limp, etc.

I mean, it is one thing to go all Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman. It is quite another to bring C-R-A-Z-Y to a VP debate on national television.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNQ85xouyes

Resist We Much on October 12, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Biden definitely has a Sardonicus smile.

Mr. Sardonicus (1961) is a horror film produced and directed by William Castle. It tells the story of Sardonicus, a man whose face becomes frozen in a horrifying grin.

Biden will star in the remake, which will be called, “Mr. Bidonicus.

VorDaj on October 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

O/T: utterly o/t! We drove to my beloved Door County (WI) y-day. NO Obama bumperstickers from Chicago north to Milwaukee , nor were there any signs where there could be some. As we arrived into Door County, it was literally evenly divided. North of Sturgeon Bay, I counted the signs. 26/5. Romney/Obama. No foolin’. In 2008, it would have been reversed Obama/McCain. This is a tourist-driven economy up here, they apparently received the message loud and clear–hope and change is not working. This has always been a conservative community, so I was surprised that there were so many who bought into Obama in 2008; I’m not surprised to see so many Romney signs.

Maybe Wisconsin should be in the Lean Romney column!

herm2416 on October 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

You mean like this, you are spot on.

MontanaMmmm on October 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Right. On. Target.

predator on October 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Psychologists call it inappropriate affect.

de rigueur on October 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Old-timers call it “touched in the head.”

Christien on October 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Trying to post, but bite me keeps interrupting. Like to punch him through those artificial whites and pull his plugs out from the inside.

msupertas on October 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM

The significance of his statement is that, standing next to him, was one Hillary Clinton – THE SECRETARY OF STATE.

Resist We Much on October 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Resist We Much:Speaking of HilRod,heres the latest from her lips!:)
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StateDept ‏@StateDept

(Video) #SecClinton comments on events in #Benghazi: http://youtu.be/T0TX9a7zmlg
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Published on Oct 12, 2012 by statevideo

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton comments on Benghazi during her remarks on Democratic Transitions in the Maghreb at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., October 12, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0TX9a7zmlg&feature=youtu.be
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Democratic Transitions in the Maghreb

Secretary Clinton delivers remarks on democratic transitions in the Maghreb, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

VIDEO:(37:25)

http://video.state.gov/

TRANSCRIPT:
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Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Washington, DC
October 12, 2012
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SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you all. Thank you very much. And a special word of thanks to a friend and someone whom I admire greatly, General Scowcroft. His many years of distinguished service to our country is a great tribute in every respect.

Thanks also to Jon Alterman and CSIS for hosting this conference on “The Maghreb in Transition: Seeking Stability in an Era of Uncertainty.” I also wish to acknowledge Dr. Terrab for his strong support of this important conference and members of the diplomatic corps as well.

Now, why are we here? And why is this conference so timely? Well, to start with, what happens in this dynamic region has far-reaching consequences for our own security and prosperity. And we know very well that it is most important to the people of this region, whose aspirations and ambitions deserve to be met. But recent events have raised questions about what lies ahead – what lies ahead for the region, what lies ahead for the rest of us who have watched with great hope, as General Scowcroft said, the events that have unfolded in the Maghreb. A terrorist attack in Benghazi, the burning of an American school in Tunis – these and other scenes of anger and violence have understandably led Americans to ask what is happening. What is happening to the promise of the Arab Spring? And what does this mean for the United States?

Well, I certainly think it’s important to ask these questions and to seek answers, as you are doing today. And let me, on a personal note, start with what happened in Benghazi. No one wants to find out exactly what happened more than I do. I’ve appointed an Accountability Review Board that has already started examining whether our security procedures were appropriate, whether they were properly implemented, and what lessons we can and must learn for the future. And we are working as thoroughly and expeditiously as possible, knowing that we cannot afford to sacrifice accuracy to speed. And of course, our government is sparing no effort in tracking down the terrorists who perpetrated this attack.

And we are focused, as we must, on what more needs to be done right now to protect our people and our facilities. We had another terrible attack yesterday. I strongly condemn the killing of a longtime Yemeni employee at our Embassy in Sana’a. And we are working with Yemeni authorities to investigate this attack and to bring those responsible to justice as well.

But throughout all of this, we must not only focus on the headlines. We have to keep in mind the trend lines. We have to remain focused on the broader strategic questions posed by these democratic transitions and their impact on American interests and values.

Let me start by stating the obvious: Nobody should have ever thought this would be an easy road. I certainly didn’t. However, it is important to look at the full picture – to weigh the violent acts of a small number of extremists against the aspirations and actions of the region’s people and governments. That broader view supports rather than discredits the promise of the Arab revolutions. It reaffirms that, instead of letting mobs and extremists speak for entire countries, we should listen to what the elected governments and free citizens are saying. They want more freedom, more justice, more opportunity – not more violence. And they want better relations not only with the United States, but with the world – not worse.

I have no illusions about how complicated this is. After all, American foreign policy has long been shaped by debates over how to balance our interests in security and stability with our values in supporting freedom and democracy. Recent revolutions have intensified these debates by creating a new birth of freedom, but also by unseating old partners and unleashing unpredictable new forces.

As I said last fall at the National Democratic Institute, we have to be honest that America’s policies in the region will always reflect the full range of our interests and values – promoting democracy and human rights, and defeating al-Qaida; defending our allies and partners, and also ensuring a secure supply of energy.
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http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/10/199102.htm

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Awww…give the ole guy a break.

He’s almost 70, which in itself is not that old, but he’s been breathing that rarified air of D.C., and he’s been around guys that don’t think their (redacted) don’t stink, and most of all he’s been around Obama up, close, and personal for almost 4 years….

He’s gotta think if He can make it, so can I. So, he gave it all his pathetic little brain could give, and he thought he was great. Just look at how proud he was of himself. *gag*

Give the ole guy a break, k?

avagreen on October 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Heeere’s JOEY !!!

http://youtu.be/D7JB68sLGY8

BeachBum on October 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

spoolin’ it up, yo

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM

It’s awesome.

John the Libertarian on October 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Smith’s mother

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

In what POSSIBLE venue would Biden’s behavior be acceptable? I can’t think of one.

Paul-Cincy on October 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

A meth-a-thon.

msupertas on October 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

****************Anniversy*****************

DoDLivemil ‏@DoDLiveMil

October 12, 2000, the USS Cole was attacked by terrorists while refueling in #Yemen. Honor those we lost: http://ht.ly/er0cv

https://twitter.com/DoDLiveMil
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12 Oct 2000: Terrorist attack on USS Cole (DDG 67)
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On 12 October 2000, terrorists in a boat made a suicide attack on USS Cole (DDG-67) while the ship refueled in the port of Aden, Yemen. Seventeen Sailors are killed. We invite you to read about the fallen sailors in the photograph album. NHHC salutes the crew!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150971836783344.402576.76845133343&type=3

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Biden’s smile, though it may be the most remembered part of the debate, probably didn’t work as intended.

Primatologists call it “the fear grin,” a baring of the teeth which indicates fear and submission among apes and monkeys.

de rigueur on October 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Biden reminds me of Jeff Dunham’s dummy, Walter.

predator on October 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

You mean like this, you are spot on.

MontanaMmmm on October 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

…oh gosh…I was thinking that when Biteme would swing his head toward Ryan with that smirk…I couldn’t think of Walters name!

KOOLAID2 on October 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Who is John Galt on October 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Glad someone else is replying to their own posts. Now I don’t feel so alone. *LOLz*

Paul-Cincy on October 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

It’s only because HotAir doesn’t allow threaded “replies” and/or nested comments, so you have to “comment” or “reply” to yourself.

Wake up, HA, implement a modern nested/threaded reply system with “+/-” immediate rating/comments.

Who is John Galt on October 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Resist We Much on October 12, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Well … Romney could come out and say the way Biden comported himself was disgraceful.

I’d heartily reply, “You bet it was!”.

Paul-Cincy on October 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

funny that, in Act of Valor, a US ambassador was assassinated also…..

life imitating art.

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Mr Biden’s hypocrisy:

Although he personally opposes abortion, he doesn’t want to force others to oppose it.

He only wants to force others to pay for it!

itsnotaboutme on October 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM

…oh gosh…I was thinking that when Biteme would swing his head toward Ryan with that smirk…I couldn’t think of Walters name!

KOOLAID2 on October 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I couldn’t either, so I searched it. The powah of the innerwebs!!!!!

predator on October 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I don’t like these early QOTDs.

Too many people ignore me.

Lanceman on October 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

*****************RED ALERT **********************************

The Lefty/Operatives Begin:

Operation Full-Blown RACE CARD
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Photo: Window at Obama campaign Denver office, reportedly broken by gunshot – @SamTLevin

6 mins ago from twitter.com by editor

https://twitter.com/SamTLevin/status/256889994092888065/photo/1
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Shot fired at Obama campaign field office in Denver; window smashed – @denverpost

10 mins ago from http://www.denverpost.com by editor

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_21761706/shot-fired-at-obama-campaign-headquarters-denver
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canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Lanceman on October 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

You say something?

KCB on October 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Too many people ignore me.

Lanceman on October 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Ignore who?

predator on October 12, 2012 at 9:38 PM

And here I thought Biden was doing his Paul Leni imitation, from the old silent classic The Man Who Laughs.

de rigueur on October 12, 2012 at 9:38 PM

KCB on October 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Did you hear something? I thought I did, but it might be my imagination.

predator on October 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I think we have seen this trick before. I have a feeling a noose or some other BS will show up soon.

KCB on October 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Lol! You gotta love Krauthammer, a great impression of Nicholson, indeed.
This is what can be expected from the Dems the rest of the way, til Nov.6th. The chicago thug machine is in full shrieking campaign mode & it’s going to continue to get uglier! The surrogates are going to get ruder & more “over the top”, by the day. Here’s where the Repubs need to start getting more aggressive with the Obama Enemy media, when they start to shill, for the Marxist Messiah.
Update for those Taking on the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Lanceman on October 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Hi. I didn’t put you on ignore.

Don’t worry. In a few minutes this place will be jumping. Maybe we could even have a food fight with Grace.

SparkPlug on October 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

predator on October 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Turned out to be the wind.

KCB on October 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Hello all – long day but happy Friday.

Word at work today – Biden was a jerk.

gophergirl on October 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

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