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Not All That Bright.

Bullies, as anyone who has dealt with them before will tell you, tend to be not all that bright.  And look, I know I’m hardly the first to the first to notice this, but Joe Biden would seem a prime example. They also tend to be rude, obnoxious and overbearing.  Think about it, gang. If not for those qualities would Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Or Chris Matthews have TV shows? Would Ezra Klein, Andrew Sullivan, or for that matter any of your favorite lefty tome authors,have websites?

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Joe Biden, reacting to the deaths of our people in Benghazi.

Let’s face it…  Joe Biden was in no way shape or form chosen by Barack Obama to be the brains of the Obama/Biden ticket. look at history and you’ll notice that nobody but nobody brings Joe Biden along for his brain power. He was brought into the ticket for 1 reason, and 1 reason only… look like an idiot …IE…be himself…  so that Barack Obama can look good. Biden is one of the few people that could actually do that. In a scandal situation Biden is the ideal vice president. He can always claim plausible deniability. No prosecutor anywhere would ever expect him to know much of anything about what was going on.

Let’s remember Biden debated Sarah Palin and she handed him his head in a basket.. Let’s also remember that the average leftist considers Sarah Palin to be a complete idiot.  So…. Biden lost to a complete idiot by their lights.

So, they figured the only way he was going to come out in the VP debate the other nightwithout being handed his backside again, was to play the bully. It’s not what the situation called for, but it was the only arrow left in the quiver. It’s all the Democrats have, since the facts are simply not on their side.  The Democrats knew based on the loss to Romney other night that the American people weren’t going to buy what the Democrats were selling.. So the only thing they could do was get more shrill, rather like the tin foil hat crowd that they spent so much time disavowing the other day [2]. I note with interest that the only group that was impressed by his performance was that [3]self same Tin foil hat brigade.

Going into Thursday night’s debate with Congressman Paul Ryan, Biden and his fellow Democrats had a score to settle about the first of the three Romney/Obama Debates… at which, the self-immolation of the head of Biden’s Ticket, Obama, has leftists all over the country and likely the world, on a suicide watch.  Even Tingles Matthews figured out is wasn’t tingles, just tinkle, he felt running down is leg.  The perception is that Obama/Biden are now losing the re-election race they considered a lock, largely on account of the debate performance of The Chosen One. (The shift in polling numbers actually goes far deeper and is most certainly not limited to the debate…, but I’ll get to that under another cover.)

Biden also had a personal score to settle over the fiasco he made of the Palin debates.  He needed to redeem himself in front of his fellow liberals, who have long since started to question his usefulness to the cause of the left.

So it should have been no surprise to anyone when Biden came out Thursday night, and started sounding for all the world like the tinfoil hat crowd that so idolizes him. Angry, rude, obnoxious, with a total inability to shut up. His rudeness and condescension were palpable.  He interrupted Paul Ryan no less than 92 times by even CNN’s account, over the 90 minutes. CNN of course being no bastion of right-wing thought… that CNN even kept a count on such matters seems to be indicative of what they thought of Biden’s performance. Of course, each interruption came just as Ryan got going.  It was as if Biden was afraid of letting Ryan complete a point.

For so he was. He was deathly afraid of allowing anyone but himself on that stage (and the moderator, who was unquestionably in his corner) to MAKE a point for fear it would connect with voters.

And that’s something of  a trend I’ve noted over the years, from Democrats. A trend that I noted in the first para, here.  Limbaugh noted [4] the other day…

 

[5]The Democrat Party, for those of you who are casual participants, the Democrat Party is a very mean-spirited, extreme — Biden personified what we’ve been dealing with for 12 years, ever since Bush-Gore, ever since the 2000 election and the recount aftermath. This is who they’ve been.

I thought it was great. I thought they came out of their shell. None of this so-called compassion and understanding. Biden’s express purpose was to go out there and get that base revved up, and what does that base want? That base wants blood. The base wants rude. The base wants disrespect. The Democrat base is made up of people who literally hate Republicans. Biden gave them exactly what they wanted. In the process, he didn’t help Obama, and he didn’t help himself, with the electorate at large.

 

Limbaugh’s larger point here goes in a slightly different direction. But I think he’s onto something here. I’m personally a veteran of decades worth of political discussions with Leftists…. If you can call them discussions… and I can tell you first hand, that what we saw in the debate Thursday night is exactly what I’ve been dealing with online from the left since the 70’s.

What Limbaugh says he saw the other night, is exactly what we here at BitsBlog, have seen for decades from the left… in blogs and comments sections and before that in political discussion sections of BBS’s and Usenet.

You saw a mean-spirited, rude, overbearing, disrespectful vice president of the United States who epitomizes and epitomized the Democrat Party today. Joe Biden is who they are. We deal with them every day. We’ve dealt with them for 12 years (in my case, personally). They’re not nice people. Contrary to their branding and contrary to their image. You saw Biden. That’s who he is! I didn’t tell you that’s who Biden was gonna be and he is. You saw Biden for yourself.

Exactly so. Thing is, it didn’t help Obama.  Some of the tweets during the event are instructive, and as you’ll see, the polling results as well:

 

@CNBC [6]

[POLL RESULTS] Who do you think won the VP Debate? Paul Ryan: 56%, Joe Biden: 36%, Neither: 8%. #CNBC2012 [7]

@CNN [8]

Check out our CNN Poll on debate winner: Ryan 48%, Biden 44%. on.cnn.com/SVefVK [9] Do you agree? #CNNDebate [10]

@piersmorgan [11]

Trouble is, I don’t think this is a good subject to be lethally smirking about. Keep it serious, Joe…. #PMTdebate [12]

@piersmorgan [11]

Biden’s smirking teeth are beginning to strobe through my TV screen. Disturbing. #PMTdebate [12]

@piersmorgan [11]

Joe, seriously, STOP SMIRKING. This is serious stuff. Be Vice-Presidential. #PMTdebate [12]

@EmilyMiller [13]

Brit Hume- Smirking, laughing, smiling, mugging by the VP…. I thought it was unattractive and rude.

@chuckwoolery [14]

How can anyone look at Biden’s stupid grin and then call game show hosts cheesy?

 @nancygoldstein [15]

Someone make Biden stop doing that baby monkey fear grimace. #vpdebate [16]

@gopmommy [17]

Paul Ryan is the kid solving calculus problems on the blackboard. Joe Biden is the kid making fart sounds in the back of the room #VPDebate [18]

@BenHowe [19]

Biden has completely lost his mind. This isn’t fighting back. This is drunk flailing. #VPDebate [18]

@HotlineAlberta [20]

Tom Brokaw, on Biden: “I just don’t think you should be laughing during a discussion about thermonuclear war with Iran” @Morning_Joe [21]

CNN’s David Gergen: “Ryan was more presidential.” … CNN’s Gloria Borger: “Biden was condescending.” #vpdebate [16]

 

OK, that rather large point aside, what points did Biden use the bully pulpit to impart?

Lies.

The very first exchange in the debate I consider emblematic.

 

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey. In fact —

MS. RADDATZ: And why is that so?

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Because not a single thing he said is accurate. First of all —

MS. RADDATZ: Be specific.

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: I will be very specific. Number one, the — this lecture on embassy security — the congressman here cut embassy security in his budget by $300 million below what we asked for, number one. So much for the embassy security piece.

Now, we saw the same claim from Katrina vanden Heuvel who is the editor, publisher, and part-owner of the leftist rag, The Nation in Face The Nation this morning. So obviously, this lie is going to be a meme going forward from the left. But lie it is.

Now, it’s true… Ryan DID in fact vote against that funding.  And good for him and us.

But not so fast. Transcripts are not out on it, yet, (I gather they take weeks to produce… Governmental efficiency again) …but apparently Biden’s never heard of Darryl Issa, and the hearing last Tuesday as regards the security in Benghazzi and the Obama-created disaster it was, and remains.  Nor has vanden Heuvel  Perhaps Biden  and vanden Heuvel missed the hearing being held on the topic of the Security in Benghazi [23], and the disaster the Obama administration made of it. ( here’s the vid. [24] ) I sat and listened to the Issa hearing, the whole thing… and can tell you that the question as asked of the head of that division of the State Dept in charge of that security….  Words to the effect… Did Fiscal constraints cause  security gaps? And the director… Lamb, I think her name was, was forced to answer “no”.

Now, Joe, say it with me… “So much for the embassy security piece.”   So, turns out, the very first words out of Biden’s mouth, was a lie.  As I say, that I consider to be emblematic of the entire debate and Biden’s conduct in it.

Look, gang… That Biden did what he did should have been a surprise to absolutely nobody. In the end the only thing that’s going to do is widen the gap between Obama and reelection. The American people recognize lies when they see them.  The polls seem to reflect this.  Then again the press seems to indicate what we’ve always known…

@BDayspring [25]

Dear Democrats: When your candidate is referred to as “Odd,” “off-putting,” “manic,” “condescending” & “over-the-top” by MSM, you lost #TCOT [26]

 

There’s something Biblical about this, too…

“When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, the foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.” –Proverbs 29:9 [27]