What Joe Biden did in the VP debate tonight was unbelievable. The left-wing media may try to paint that as an assertive Biden. What it truly was…a nervous Biden who tried to smirk and laugh at Ryan while hoping the viewers may view himself as more creditable. At some points, he also kept interrupting Ryan.
While Paul Ryan was taking the debate seriously—points after points, presenting Romney’s plan with numbers clearly—Biden was putting on a political show with his laughs in an attempt to minimize Paul Ryan. This was nothing new for Biden who did pretty much the same during his last VP debate with Sarah Palin. It did the trick in 2008 because Palin was less knowledgeable. Paul Ryan is not. He got his facts and numbers clearly. He came across very well in foreign policies—supposedly not his strong suit. And Joe Biden came away looking very childish if not idiotic for not taking issues facing this country seriously.
Biden: “…We weren’t told they wanted more security there…”—on if the U.S. should have beefed up security at the US Consulate in Libya. This is an indirect blame on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her department as there were requests for more security.
Biden: “…that was exactly what we were told by the intelligence community…”—on why Obama blamed the youtube video for the attacks on US Consulate in Libya.
Biden: “… we inherited a god-awful circumstance…”—in reminding people as if they have not heard Obama-Biden many times before.
Ryan: “…The administration was blocking us every step of the way. Only because we had strong bipartisan support for these tough sanctions were we able to overrule their objections and put them in spite of the administration…”—successfully pointed out that the sanctions on Iran were first opposed by Obama. These sanctions have now paid off with Iran currency tanking fast and economy in the tank as well.
Ryan: “…Imagine what would have happened if we had these sanctions in place earlier…” and “…They’re moving faster toward a nuclear weapon. It’s because this administration has no credibility on this issue…”
Biden: “…how close the Iranians are to getting a nuclear weapon. They are a good way away…”
Biden: “…ayatollah sees his economy being crippled…”—thanks to the sanctions that Congress passed and opposed by Obama
Biden: “…We went out and rescued General Motors…”—actually the auto bailout began under Bush and continued with Obama. But the bailout was also crafted to bailout the huge UAW contracts by Obama.
Biden: “…Romney said ‘No, let Detroit go bankrupt’…”—Romney opposed using money to bailout private companies. He proposed a normal bankruptcy restructuring course which would mean renegotiation with UAW on their labor contracts. He even proposed government loans but not bailout money.
On whether the administration can get the unemployment rate under 6%:
— “…The economy was in free fall…” he had to start with an excuse of course
—“…moved in and helped people refinance their homes…”
—“…we cut taxes for the middle class…” he forgot his own words that “…middle class has been crushed the last 4 years.” Under Obama, middle class income has gone down more than $4,000 on the average.
—“… going in the wrong direction… It’s growing a 1.3 percent. That’s slower than it grew last year and last year was slower than the year before…” Ryan failed to point out that this 1.x% growth has been mainly due to Ben Bernanke’s pumping “virtual” money into the economy to make it looking like growth.
—“…23 million Americans are struggling for work today; 15 percent of Americans are living in poverty today…” Ryan failed to point out that the true unemployment rate is 11.6%.
—“…five-point plan…energy independent…help people…getting the skills…get deficit and debt under control…make trade work for America…don’t raise taxes on small businesses…”
Perhaps, the best exchanges between Ryan and Biden were:
RYAN: Joe and I are from similar towns. He’s from Scranton, Pennsylvania. I’m from Janesville, Wisconsin. You know what the unemployment rate in Scranton is today?
BIDEN: I sure do.
RYAN: It’s 10 percent.
RYAN: You know what it was the day you guys came in — 8.5 percent.
RYAN: That’s how it’s going all around America.
BIDEN: You don’t read the statistics. That’s not how it’s going. It’s going down.
Of course, Obama-Biden would want you not to look at the statistics. Otherwise, you would know the real unemployment rate is 11.6% and that 18.8 million who wanted a job but could not find one.
On 47% quote
Biden: “…I’ve had it up to here with this notion that 47 percent…”
Ryan: “…He cares about 100 percent of Americans in this country. 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…”—a very well defense of Romney gaffe by reminding people Biden is the king of gaffes.
A heartbeat away…
I would not wish it on any president…but if the vice president is a heartbeat away from the most powerful and important office in the world…Paul Ryan proved himself tonight to be the better choice.