Thursday, October 11, 2012
In case you didn't notice, Joe Biden is a Jerk
About half-way through the debate I asked my lovely wife to get the boys ready for bed. They all walked from our game room across the yard to the house and were fighting like cats and dogs before anyone even brushed their teeth for bed.
My oldest son could not get the remote to work to quickly check the Yankees-Orioles score. My youngest son had taken the batteries out of the remote in order to put them in a video game consule. Older son gets mad at younger son. Younger son now mad at older son. Mom is now mad at both and all three are fussing. Then.....in a moment of singular clarity they all simultaneously realized why they were stressed, angry and fighting.
It is because Vice-President Joe Biden is a complete jerk. There, I said it and would love to say it to his face and to all of the Chicago-area political advisors who told Biden, "Look man, the President got exposed for ineffective president that he is in the last debate, so you need to go out there and jump on that kid from Wisconsin like a pit-bull on a piece of meat."
And he did.
It is really tough to say who "won" this debate, isn't it? I mean, Biden showed that he is much more experienced in this political venue than Ryan. Ryan seemed like a young college student getting yelled at and humiliated by an crotchety old professor over his midterm exam performance.
Biden, if you did not know much about anything related to economics and foreign policy, seemed to know more than Ryan and was more convincing in getting his points across. Ryan was more polite, respectful and genial when trying to explain his sides views.
Yet, unless the world of Youtube, Facebook, American Idol and reality television means nothing, one could argue that in our "Do you like this person" superficial society, Ryan was the clear winner. First, of course, he is younger and more handsome. I don't care about that but other people (97.3% of Americans, probably) do.
Second, he was a gentlemen and never took the bait Biden kept throwing in front of him to fight back like a rude person would.
Third, Biden could not have been more impolite with his mocking, interrupting, laughing and snide remarks to Ryan and the moderator.
If personal appeal means anything, I can see many undecided voters thinking, "Man, Ryan seems kind of young but he could grow into the job over time. Biden......Really? I want this rude dude sitting down at the table negotiating nuclear weapons or trade with China? What is he going to call them? Will they understand what a mocking smile means?"
Heck, in some cultures his behavior would probably start a war.
It did in my house. But at least my sons went to bed knowing a little bit more about what Mr. Obama is like. After all, Obama picked Biden.