Few folks have walked the planet who are less genuine/sincere/honest than Vice President Joe Biden, Save Jerseyans.
The latest example: Biden had sponsored an assault weapons ban in the 1990′s and, following the Newtown massacre, has been tapped by President Obama to spearhead a formal reconsideration of federal gun control regulations.
But how does Biden feel about the 2nd Amendment when he trolling for votes in pro-Second Amendment territory? An old clip from the ’08 campaign trail tells all:
“I guarantee you Barack Obama ain’t taking my shotguns, so don’t buy that malarkey… [d]on’t buy that malarkey. They’re going to start peddling that to you,” Biden declared to a Virginia crowd. “If he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem.”
For those who don’t know, “Beretta” is an Italian brand famous for its semi-automatic pistols and other assorted weapons including Uncle Joe’s shotguns referenced in the video above; one of Beretta’s pistols, the “92,” is used by the U.S. military. Not “assault weapons” per se, but certainly dangerous weapons in the wrong hands.
I’d absolutely LOVE to hear the Vice President rationalize how enacting hypothetical new federal laws banning “assault weapons” — while simultaneously preserving his constitutional right to own two Beretta guns — can prevent the next tragedy?
Insert punchline here, Save Jerseyans… I’d love to be a fly on that wall. So would The Onion editorial staff.
I’m very confident that the former sheriff can take of herself. That said, packing some Aspirin and ear plugs might’ve been advisable. Uncle Joe also loves those long, uncomfortably close handshakes with attractive ladies for which you need to watch out. Ask poor Janna Ryan. And last but not least, LG, do NOT get near his lap! No matter how nicely he asks, and no matter how vehemently he claims to be Santa. All of Santa’s hair is unplugged.
Deflated Obama backers concocted a variety of exotic excuses for last week’s epic Romney debate victory. They blamed the moderator, the format, the opponent, the sparring partner… and yes, the altitude.
But ultimately, my dear Save Jerseyans, it was clear enough to the 70 million American who watched the President’s public implosion that he just didn’t feel like debating. Barack Obama wasn’t interested in justifying his policies because he doesn’t feel he should have to explain himself. This is the most arrogant administration in American history; the zero disclosure, media-protected, hyper-partisan, “we have to pass a bill then you’ll know what’s in it” presidency. It showed last Wednesday, and the result was devastating for the Democrat ticket.
That’s why I wasn’t very surprised to see the same stupefying arrogance from Obama’s #2 during last night’s vice presidential debate. Only this time, it took a less passive form. Joe Biden uncontrollablylaughed, smirked and sneered (the RNC counted 82 times) his way through what was supposed to be a respectful discussion of objectively serious topics including, but not limited to, Iran’s nuclear program, historic unemployment, and the events surrounding the death of a U.S. ambassador.
It was weird. It was un-vice presidential. It was… not very endearing. And at the end of the day, ever since the infamous Nixon v. Kennedy clash in 1960, televised debates have served as opportunities for voters to compare “apples to apples” and see whom they “like” more. Americans aren’t ideological, and while they appreciate a healthy level of confidence (how else can you explain Chris Christie’s popularity?), they won’t abide obnoxious audacity unsupported by results (and particularly when it’s designed to mask a dearth of substance).
For that reason and a few others, early indicators point to a Ryan win. We’re not laughing, Mr. Vice President. Our country is grappling with a growing list of crisises both foreign and domestic. Your lies and failures are bad enough on their own; if you and the President can’t summon the requisite level of decency and respect for a productive national debate, then please do us all a favor and take a walk before the election. This country deserves better than what we saw last night.
My initial reaction? I’m glad Joe Biden thinks a nuclear Iran, the worst economy since the Great Depression and my grandmother’s health care are absolutely hilarious… let’s see how his inability to control himself plays with undecided voters.
Joe Biden has a lot riding on tonight’s debate, Save Jerseyans.
I am willing to bet that his prep team has been drilling him nonstop about the points he absolutely needs to communicate to the public so that he can revive the campaign and return credibility to his boss.
All in all, I think that Team Obama is very nervous, and understandably so. Although Vice-President Biden has had a very long political career and has obviously done some things right, he is not the most eloquent speaker on Earth. He frequently runs off at the mouth, most recently declaring that the middle class had been “buried” for the last four years. And while this is one instance where I actually agree with Biden, it is also a clear example of how he can become a true detriment to the ticket if he goes too far off the cuff during this debate.
Some expect Biden to be in the attack position to kick things off on Thursday night (Paul Ryan agrees, according to The Daily Standard), but I question that tactic. I still maintain that playground fights are not what the public needs right now.
Jilly, I want you to know that Beau, Hunt, Ashley, and I are so proud of you. We admire the way you treat every single student who walks into your classroom. You not only teach them. You give them confidence. And the passion you bring to easing the burden on the families of our warriors. They know you understand what they’re going through. It makes a difference. And I’m grateful. So grateful that you said Yes on that fifth try.