Friday, October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012

GOP, Democrats catalog errors by Biden, Ryan after VP debate
by Neil Munro
October 12. 2012

Advocates on both sides of America’s political divide are touting political flubs and fact-challenged claims supposedly committed by their rivals during the vice presidential debate Thursday night in Danville, Kentucky.

Republicans argued that Joe Biden turned off swing voters with repeated rudeness toward Ryan, by deceiving viewers, and by claiming ignorance about security officials’ pre-attack pleas for better protection of the Benghazi diplomatic facility in Libya.

In turn, Democrats claimed Paul Ryan alienated middle-ground voters by describing and defending his pro-life position, and by suggesting that U.S. forces could be reinforced in Afghanistan.

Ryan “opened the door to putting additional forces in Afghanistan. … It was a remarkable moment for me,” said the vice president’s son, Beau Biden.

Democrats also crowed over Ryan’s opposition to the Supreme Court’s 39-year control over abortion policy, and his endorsement of legislative compromises. “I understand this is a difficult issue … but the policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortions with the exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother,” Ryan said during the debate.

“I think this may be the voting issue,” MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews claimed afterward.

Democrats also said Ryan’s decision to not explicitly disavow changes to personal income tax deductions for mortgage interest created another vulnerability for Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign.

“Clarifying moment #2. Biden asked Ryan if he’d take mortgage deduction that benefits middle class families off the table? Ryan refused,” said David Simas, a staffer in Obama’s campaign.

But Republicans highlighted Biden’s demeanor, his claim of ignorance about the Benghazi attack and a list of 10 “lie[s].”

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Reagan on Biden: 'Smooth But Pure Demagogue'
by Jeffrey Lord
October 11, 2012

Ronald Reagan was not impressed with Joe Biden.

In fact, writing in his diary in his usual abbreviated style on June 15, 1987, Reagan described Biden this way:
He's smooth but pure demagog [sic]-- out to save Am. [America] from Reagan Doctrine.
That was a year after Reagan made a note about Biden and Senators Ted Kennedy and Howard Metzenbaum, who were busy making "vitriolic attacks on TV" about Reagan's nominee for Chief Justice of the United States, then Associate Justice William Rehnquist. Wrote Reagan:
They really are a lynch mob.
As America settles in tonight to watch now-Vice President Biden face off in debate with Congressman Paul Ryan, whom no one has ever accused of being either a "smooth but pure demagogue" much less part of "a lynch mob," it's worth a look at exactly why the nation's 40th president saw Biden this way -- and how Reagan's assessment is reflected in the conduct of today's Obama-Biden administration. Reagan never recorded of Biden as he is seen by many today -- as a gaffe-prone fool.

Reagan's point was that no matter the issue -- it could have been the Reagan Doctrine one day or the confirmation of Reagan appointees the next day (on one occasion Biden smilingly told a nominee for an obscure government board, "by my definition you are a racist") or something else the day after -- Joe Biden was always there to play the role of the "smooth but pure demagogue" -- the hot headed guy in the leftist political lynch mob brandishing the rope.

For Americans who have watched with alternating amusement and incredulity, this is precisely the trait that Biden has repeatedly displayed in the four years of his vice presidency. This is exactly what was going on when Biden took to a Danville, Virginia podium back in August and bellowed to a largely African-American audience:
"Look at what they [Republicans] value, and look at their budget. And look what they're proposing. [Romney] said in the first 100 days, he's going to let the big banks write their own rules -- unchain Wall Street. They're going to put y'all back in chains."
It was what was going on in Iowa the other day when Biden pushed his class-warfare theme by saying:
"...we're going to ask the wealthy to pay more. My heart breaks. Come on, man." 
To be a demagogue, of course, is to exhibit a personality trait not a policy. To appeal to prejudice. There is more to all of this Biden demagoguery than just the theatrical performance of personality and appeals to prejudice. In the Reagan-era Biden used -- still uses today as Obama's Number two -- the tools of a demagogue to push specific policies. And he has three policy favorites in which his addiction to demagoguery most frequently surface: foreign policy, race, and economics.

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White House Serial Lies About Libya Extend to VP Debate
by John Nolte
October 11, 2012

The biggest lie Vice President Joe Biden told tonight was a whopper. And somehow it like got past moderator Martha Raddatz, who we were told knows everything about foreign policy. Biden made the patently false and outrageous claim that no one in the Obama administration knew that requests for extra security had been made by our Libyan ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and other members of our consulate in Benghazi.

To emphasize his lie, Biden actually said it twice.

The claim is absolutely false. So false in fact, that his pals at MSNBC called him out on it

This isn’t a mistake on Biden's part. All this administration has done in the wake of the September 11 anniversary attacks is lie and then lie some more.

Objectively disgraceful behavior.

Good heavens, when Andrea Mitchell is calling the Obama administration out, you know they've gone too far.

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