Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Biden-Palin cage match

During the primaries, whenever Hillary flashed her national security credentials, Obama would simply retort: you voted for the war in Iraq. Well, so did Joe Biden. For all of his foreign policy bona fides, he's, well, he's really no damn good:

Biden chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but experts in the field do not consider him a heavyweight. His authority comes from his chairmanship, not vice versa.
More specifically, Biden went "all-in" against the surge in Iraq:

While Biden was busy supporting partition, he was opposing the plan by Gen. David Petraeus to use a new strategy to win the war and hold the country together. Petraeus wanted to deploy more troops to Baghdad to clear, secure and hold neighborhoods. Biden's response, in June 2007, was strong and unequivocal: "The surge isn't going to work either tactically or strategically." John McCain risked his political career to take the opposite view. He will not let Biden off the hook easily.

In what promises to be a tight, hard-fought race, Biden's foreign-policy expertise is not the asset Obama was seeking for victory in November.
Who will have the upper hand in the Vice Presidential debate? The thoroughly unlikable Joe Biden is going to be put back on his heels by Sarah Barracada. Bet on it.


Steven Taylor said...

To me the issue in a debate is the ability to rattle off superficial knowledge. Biden will be better at that (I expect) than Palin.

Anonymous said...

Karl Rove on Tim Kaine, less than 3 weeks ago:
"With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he’s been a governor for three years, he’s been able but undistinguished. I don’t think people could really name a big, important thing that he’s done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America. And again, with all due respect to Richmond, Virginia, it’s smaller than Chula Vista, California; Aurora, Colorado; Mesa or Gilbert, Arizona; north Las Vegas or Henderson, Nevada. It’s not a big town. So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I’m really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States?"

The expiration date on that fresh, pasteurized quart of Sarah Palin hits in 10, 9, 8, 7...

Anonymous said...

The main reason Palin is going to mop the floor with Biden in the debates is because she is not full of shit. He is. Case closed!

Anonymous said...

Mop the floor? How sexist!

Seriously, though, the main reason Palin's going to "beat" Biden in the oh-so-important VP debate is because the media's going to play it up as "David vs. Goliath" and "the lady vs. the tiger." (Think Gore-Bush, where Bush was declared the "winner" for "surpassing all expectations" by, I don't know, I guess not crying and running off the stage screaming, "Quit it!")

In the end, of course, Sarah Palin could strangle Joe Biden and bury his body in quicklime, and she'll still join the ranks of John Edwards and Gerry Ferraro and Lloyd Bentsen and James Stockdale and Sargent Shriver and William Miller.

At least Miller got an American Express "Do you know me?" ad out of the deal. Palin will likely have to content herself with the room-of-seals-applauding-themselves speaking tour life of the Michael Moores and the Ann Coulters.

Anonymous said...

(Sung to the tune of Davy Crockett)

Born in the northern part of Idaho,
Destined for fame, she just didn’t know.
Learned to hunt and fish, even in the snow,
Never was one to just go with the flow

Sarah, Sarah Palin,
lady from “The Last Frontier.”

Moved to the North before she was one,
Landed in the “Land of the Midnight Sun.”
Beautiful and strong, she likes to have fun,
She always works hard, but her work is never done.

Sarah, Sarah Palin,
lady from “The Last Frontier.”

With her five kids and a man named Todd,
They carved out a life eatin’ moose and cod.
Alaska had some waste and a lot of fraud,
So she went to work and laid down her fishin’ rod.

Sarah, Sarah Palin,
lady from “The Last Frontier.”

Anonymous said...

Hmm. Wow. That "conservative comedy" winning streak just goes on and on, doesn't it?

Too bad "The 1/2 Hour News Hour" tanked; that wonderful song parody would be perfect for them.

Anonymous said...

We Beat you to it! But good job none the Less. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present, the ORIGINAL

"The Ballad of Sarah Palin"