Joe Biden

Debate indiscipline, an inherent problem for Democrats

Featured image If there’s a common takeaway from the four debates of this presidential cycle, it’s the indiscipline of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. The problem manifested itself in different ways in different debates. In the first debate, Obama apparently lacked the discipline to treat the event with the seriousness it required. He seemed comparatively unprepared, unwilling to treat Romney as a serious opponent until it was too late, and unable even »

“What’s He Doing Back There?”

Featured image Vice President Joe Biden is the most weirdly inappropriate figure in modern political history. We can’t even imagine what a figure of fun he would be if he were a Republican. Fresh off his disastrous “debate” with Paul Ryan, about which hardly anyone remembers anything except that Biden made a fool of himself, he appeared onstage with Florida Senator Bill Nelson. A woman was warming up the crowd, talking about »

Sequester Joe Biden

Featured image Here is a suggestion for Team Obama — sequester Joe Biden so he can prepare for a debate. I know there won’t be another vice presidential debate, but take him to an undisclosed location to prepare for one anyway. Otherwise, you’re condemned to more embarrassing moments like this one: »

Joe Biden Democrats square off

Featured image During today’s episode of the Hinderaker-Ward experience, Brian Ward made a great point about Joe Biden’s debate performance. Biden, said Brian, was behaving like a Democrat. Not all Democrats, of course, but certainly a great many of those one encounters on the internet. Like Biden, they are rude, eager to prevent the other side from talking, and prone to attack arguments they don’t like with bad behavior rather than reasoning. »

Biden vs. Biden

Featured image Justin Folk, winner of the Power Line Prize (and the less prestigious Doritos Super Bowl ad competition), made this very funny video, in which Joe Biden’s grimaces, chuckles and raised eyebrows find a more appropriate object–himself: »

The Weekly Winston: Joe Biden Edition

Featured image From remarks on the floor of the House of Commons, April 28, 1926: I always try to economize the use of false arguments as much as possible, because a false argument is so often detected, and it always repels any listener who is not already a convinced and enthusiastic partisan. Maybe a better parallel for our Biden would be one of WSC’s descriptions of Stafford Cripps, a far left-leaning Labourite: »

What?! No Biden Tattoo?

Featured image Just what the world needs for a Friday afternoon.  Worst. Tattoos. Ever. »

The VP debate — not 2004, more like 1976

Featured image Some on the left want to compare last night’s debate to the 2004 mismatch between Vice President Cheney and John Edwards. As I noted before the debate, there is a superficial similarity. In both instances an elderly, highly experienced incumbent vice president squared off against a fresh face. And now that the debate has occurred, I can point to another similarity — like Cheney, I believe that Biden rallied a »

Morning After Notes

Featured image Score this for Ryan: I’m certain that it was Biden’s plan to try to get under Ryan’s skin, drive Ryan off his core strength (his passionate wonkiness), cause him to make a mistake, lose his composure, or look too young and unready for high office.  Biden utterly failed to do this.  Ryan kept his cool throughout.  I hate ever to agree with David Gergen, but Ryan won on style points.  »

Biden’s Libya dodges

Featured image Whatever else one might say about Martha Raddatz’s moderating of the VP debate, she did Paul Ryan a favor by starting the debate with a question about Libya. Joe Biden tried to change the subject to Afghanistan and Iraq, but the diversion failed because Ryan stayed after him on the issue (I wish Ryan had done so more consistently). Biden tried to minimize the damage through dishonesty. When Ryan pointed »

Thoughts on the vice-presidential debate

Featured image Joe Biden was always going to be an attack dog tonight. After the presidential debate, the Democrats needed him aggressively to promote their post-debate excuse that Romney is all smoke and mirrors. Moreover, Biden is well suited for the attack dog role. I didn’t expect, however, that Biden’s demeanor would be so off-putting. The ridiculous toothy smile didn’t come as a shock. But the smirking, mocking, laughter, constant interruptions of »

The Debate in Pictures

Featured image We’ll all have plenty to say tomorrow as we watch the spin/fallout, and my kids are hankering for a re-run of Doctor Who, so for the time being, on the theory that a picture tells a thousand words, here’s how the debate turned out: »

Debate Warmup Caption Contest

Featured image While we wait for the main event, let’s have a caption contest for this photo: »

Previewing the vice presidential debate, Biden’s mission

Featured image The Obama campaign has responded to the defeat of its man in the first debate by accusing Romney of lying his way to victory. It thus becomes incumbent on Team Obama to make this assertion stick in a forum where the other side gets to participate. This task falls to Joe Biden in tomorrow’s vice presidential debate. His mission is not generally to reassure Americans that the country is in »

Previewing the Vice Presidential debate, Part One

Featured image “Big stakes for Biden and Ryan in VP debate.” So reads the Washington Post’s headline to this story by Dan Balz. Actually, the debate of vice presidential candidates is almost always inconsequential in the end. The odds are that this will be the case once again. Vice presidential debates seem to take on a heightened importance when an incumbent president loses the first debate. In that event, the party in »

Pictures That Change Elections?

Featured image Remember this infamous photo of the Elian Gonzalez raid in April 2000? It may well have cost Al Gore the election because of its effect on Cuban voters in Florida: Well, this equally infamous photo ought to cost Obama this election: But if you really want a Monday-morning fright, ponder this early start on the next time round:     »

A suitable mission for Joe Biden

Featured image So Vice President Biden won’t be going to Tampa after all. Team Obama planned to dispatch him there to make sure the Dems and their talking points receive exposure during the Republican Convention. But the Obama campaign has cancelled the trip due to Tropical Storm Issac. Traditionally, presidential campaigns have stepped aside while the opposing party holds its national convention. This courtesy allows each party four days in which to »