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Giddy libs rejoice over Biden’s verbal flatulence at VP debate

posted at 11:02 am on October 12, 2012 by

How hungry were liberal pundits for a Democrat-led thumping in the vice presidential debate that would answer the one President Obama received at the hands of Mitt Romney? So much so that “Joltin’ Joe,” as Politico’s Roger Simon called Vice President Joe Biden, should send a case of “whatever [he] was drinking Thursday night” to Obama. “Biden wiped the floor with Paul Ryan at Thursday night’s debate,” an equally gleeful Joan Walsh declared at Salon. All around the liberal blogosphere, a collective sigh of relief is being heaved. All the Dems need to do now is sit back and wait for the president’s head-to-head poll numbers, which have fallen 3 point since his debate with Biden, to creep back up to “normal.”

Sure, the praise for Biden is tempered with concerns that he might have been a little too animated. A little?   When he wasn’t bellowing or rudely interrupting or throwing his hands up in the air in exasperation, he was affecting an imbecilic laugh and goofily grinning, as though his opponent and likely better by 40 IQ points had just committed the most blatant rookie error ever. All of these style points are in evidence in this video excerpt beginning at 1:18.

So how did Biden, a veteran debater and “expert” on foreign affairs, do in terms of substance? The most optimistic thing that can be said for him is that sometimes he got his facts right, though not often.

On perhaps the most important topic of the evening—the Benghazi embassy attack on September 11—he just plain lied. He stated outright that the initial White House claim that the attack was a reaction to an anti-Muslim video was based on “what we were told by the intelligence community.” The Daily Beast, however, acknowledged that U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours that the attack was an act of terrorism and that the White House was apprised soon after. The fact that the administration insisted for more than a week that the storming of the compound had been a spontaneous mob reaction to the video was clearly politicized because they knew the true narrative would expose cracks in Obama’s vaunted Middle East policy.

Biden also told a half-truth at best when he claimed “we weren’t told they wanted more security there.” Maybe Biden wasn’t told, but the State Department was certainly in receipt of communications from Ambassador Chris Stevens, according to ABC News.

Several conservative commentators, including Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard and Toby Harnden of the Mail Online, found a parallel between Biden’s obnoxious behavior and Al Gore’s in 2000 when, Barnes writes, “he sighed and frowned and acted frustrated.” Brash inappropriate laughter and a boorish demeanor may play big among Obama diehards, who also relish the president’s one-line zingers on the campaign when he has nothing substantive to say about his opponents. Whether Biden’s antics will win back any independents will be known in 26 days.

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Best line I heard last night – I think it was from Rove – “Biden drank Joker-Juice before the debate”

happi on October 12, 2012 at 11:13 AM

My guess is that more than a few Liberals were embarassed by Joe Biden last night.

magicbeans on October 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Biden was more animated that Dear Liar. But that’s all; if this is how Clueless Joe reacts when put in a stressful situation, I’m more worried about this country’s future than I was going into the debate.

rbj on October 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

My guess is that more than a few Liberals were embarassed by Joe Biden last night.

Doubt it. This was OWS-style debating, minus the sexual assaults. “Get in their faces,” insult, demean, degrade, and disrespect. The only thing that Joe failed to do was crap on a cop car.

crazy_legs on October 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Libs dream of a class-less society.

Biden delivered it last night.

PackerBronco on October 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

What the left learned from their 1994 election debacle was: “When you have control of the White House and both houses of Congress next time, do health care first.” That’s why Team Obama was so singled-minded on the issue in 2009-10 despite all the warning signs against it.

What they learned from the 2010 debacle and the current morass with Obama and Biden isn’t that the American public didn’t like their health care or other big government plans; instead the lesson learned was “Aggressively silence you enemies so you can get all your pet legislation done.” That’s why they were so overjoyed with Biden’s psycho attack dog attitude Thursday night.

They want Obama to act the same way in the last two debates, but don’t realize that Obama doesn’t have the personality to come off as anything but petulant. He had to have the beta male personality he does, because Wildman Barack would have never beaten Hillary in the 2008 primary, let alone McCain in the general election.

If Team Obama decides to have the big guy follow Sheriff Joe’s lead, the next two debates are going to be embarrassing. The scary part for the future is the next time the swing voters are down on the GOP and the Dems have a shot at total control, they are going to try to find a presidential nominee who’s not just good at hiding his ideology from the public, he or she is also good at hiding a Hugo Chavez-like alpha male authoritarian attitude from the swing voters.

jon1979 on October 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM