Much of this presidential campaign, in fact much of the last four years, have found many rational people including myself yelling at the TV screen at what President Obama said and didn’t say when faced with the Republican lie machine. Believing that Americans are too smart to believe nonsense is never a good strategy, ask Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, and John Kerry.
In one debate, Joe Biden let out everything we’ve beenwanting to hear for such a long time now. He mentioned the 47% and related it to his own working class parents. He dismissed Romney as having multiple positions. He talked of America not needing another war and pointed out the nonsensical nature of Republican foreign policy attempting to differentiate itself from Obama on Libya and Syria when they have no plan themselves. He slammed the Bush Tax Cuts in direct language. He noted the difference between his personal beliefs on abortion and his role as a public official not forcing his beliefs on other people.
It was a masterful debate performance. He more than made up for Obama’s weird passive response last week. This harkened back to Biden’s time in the Senate in the 80’s where he especially distinguished himself in the senate confirmation hearings on Robert Bork as a Supreme Court justice and on divestment from South Africa.
Now a lot of right wing commentators are already complaining about Biden’s demeanor, about his smiling and aggressively refuting Ryan’s points but what can you do when confronted with such bullshit?
Hopefully, he’s teed it up for Obama in the next debate.
Here’s an example of a great Biden answer
I’ve had it up to here with this notion that 47 percent — it’s about time they take some responsibility here. And instead of signing pledges to Grover Norquist not to ask the wealthiest among us to contribute to bring back the middle class, they should be signing a pledge saying to the middle class we’re going to level the playing field; we’re going to give you a fair shot again; we are going to not repeat the mistakes we made in the past by having a different set of rules for Wall Street and Main Street, making sure that we continue to hemorrhage these tax cuts for the super wealthy.