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Biden: Romney and Ryan Running a “Con Game”

Vice President Joe Biden Sunday accused Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan of running a “con game” on voters, charging that the pair were conservatives masquerading as moderates.

In his latest acerbic attack, Biden also asserted that Romney and Ryan were liars who “don’t have much character at all.”

According to the Associated Press, Biden, during an appearance in Lakewood, Ohio, said Romney’s “changing positions” on tax cuts, Iraq and other issues served as proof that he was really more conservative than the moderate face he is attempting to show voters.

Biden also railed against the Republican ticket for an ad in Ohio saying that Jeep will move jobs out of the state. Speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in Lakewood after his appearance, Biden call the ad “the most cynical play I’ve seen,” and added, ‘It’s not just a lie, but it goes to character. They don’t have much character at all.’’

Obama, by contrast, “does not engage in deception.”

It’s just the latest attack from Biden, who in August informed African Americans that Romney wants “to put you all back in chains.”

Biden himself has in the past been cited for plagiarism and lying about his history. He was more recently accused by National Review of wantonly lying during the debate with Ryan.

H/T to Red Flag News and Weasel Zippers.

Is Biden Fit to be President?

Thursday night’s debate raised more profound questions than who won and who lost.

First, I’ll give you my scorecard – briefly, because you’ve already been deluged with post-debate analysis.

I thought Paul Ryan came out on the winning end of the encounter. Notice I didn’t say he won the encounter. That would ascribe too much responsibility to him.

Ryan won because the other guy acted like a loutish, slightly deranged bully, while Ryan mostly kept his cool in a deeply strange situation.

But Vice President Biden won more of the exchanges on policy than he lost, seeming to either have the better argument, get the last word, or direct the debate off topic and offer up a winning point, even if wholly unrelated to the question. And even if inaccurate too.

Ryan appeared stiff, unexciting, and a little over-prepared. He stuck to the script when improvisation was called for. And he failed to wipe Biden out as expected on domestic policy.

Nevertheless, over-prepared is better than unprepared. Ryan won a few exchanges too and explained conservative policies fairly well, making the choice clear for voters even if he lost a debating point or two. Because of his adequate performance and his success at not seeming like he was auditioning for The Joker in the next installment of Batman, The Movie, I give the debate to him.

Which brings us to Biden.

Biden’s act last night raises very serious questions about his fitness to serve as president should it ever come to that.

And it was an act. It’s clear to me that the giggling, the sneering, and the occasional indignant outbursts were carefully rehearsed, a calculated attempt both to diminish Ryan and throw some red meat to a dispirited Democratic base. “Yeah, get him, get the little jerk,” you can hear lefties across America snorting as Biden tore into the despised Ryan.

That the vice president of the United States could put together a performance that was just one step short of Nikita Khrushchev pounding his shoe on a desk at the United Nations should be deeply disturbing to average Americans.

Though calculated, Biden’s outlandish behavior and his uncanny ability to pull it off belongs nowhere near the West Wing of the White House. Unless Biden’s debate prep partner was Al Pacino and the practice sessions were rehearsed at the Strasberg school for method acting in New York City, the behavior you saw last night has to be part of who Biden is: A crude, angry bully who may be a borderline lunatic.

Americans need to ask themselves not who won the debate, but whether they want such a man in charge of an office whose occupant steers the the future of the human race and, quite possibly, its fate.

Ryan Takes Two Out of Three Post-Debate Polls

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan bested Vice President Biden in their debate Thursday evening, according to two out of three snap polls taken immediately after the contest.

CNN put Ryan ahead by 48-44 percent, while CNBC had 53 percent of respondents labeling Ryan the winner compared to 41 percent tfor Biden. But 50 percent of those surveyed by CBS News said Biden won, compared to 31 percent for Ryan.

H/T to Byron Tau at Politico.

Video || Biden’s Bad Case of Laugharrhea

Politico has already put together a video documenting Vice President Biden’s novel debate strategy: incessant merriment.

I think this was a bad tactic, or at least one poorly employed. It was so over the top that people are going to be discussing it at least as much as they talk about who won the debate.

It obscures any serious points Biden wanted to make – and Biden was quite lucid throughout the night. And it will be compared to Vice President Gore’s incongruous sighing during his debate with George W. Bush in 2000.

Perhaps a chuckle here and a chuckle there could have achieved the mission of making us think that Biden doesn’t respect Paul Ryan, but without making Biden himself seem like he’d had a big long bong hit in the green room.

And I think women in particular will be sympathetic toward Ryan. They’ve all had to deal with boorish men who don’t respect them. That’s how Biden came off.

Ryan Irked by Questions During Michigan Interview

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan was a little peeved by questions from a local Michigan TV reporter, whom he said was trying to “stuff words” in his mouth. The session had just been ended by Ryan aide Michael Steel.

Have a look:

According to Politico, the Ryan camp is saying it didn’t cut off a hostile line of questioning, claiming that the interview was terminated because it had gone over time.

Uhh, well, maybe.

Damaging Video of Romney was Faked

I wonder how this one happened.

Maybe you’ve seen this video, widely circulated, in which a desperate Mitt Romney tries to get the crowd to chant his name too during an appearance with Paul Ryan. It elicits quite a reaction from Joe Scarborough.

Pathetic, right?

Turns out the typing on the video suggesting the crowd was shouting “Ryan” was fake.

From the Huffington Post, which had run a story about the video.

UPDATE: A reporter who attended the event contacted The Huffington Post to say that the crowd was chanting Romney’s name, not Ryan’s, and that Romney added his running mate’s name to the chant, not the other way around.

So Romney was actually being a gentleman instead of a loser begging for some attention.

But of course, that doesn’t fit the current storyline, does it?

Top Ten Reasons Obama Won’t Meet with Netanyahu

White House Dossier has obtained a list, written in President Obama’s own hand, describing the real reasons he refuses to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu during Netanyahu’s trip this week the the United States. While we cannot reveal how we obtained this list, we do want to express our appreciation to the General ServicesContinue Reading

Carney: I Skipped Ryan and Watched Baseball Instead

The White House is displaying sly contempt for the Republican convention, suggesting the proceedings are too unimportant to take up much of anyone’s time. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said during today’s briefing he hadn’t even bothered to check if President Obama had watched Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech Wednesday night – evenContinue Reading

Democrats Can’t Play the Dumb Card This Year

For only the second time in 40 years, the Republican presidential ticket is immune from attacks that one of its members is unintelligent, denying Democrats and their allied talk show hosts and comics a priceless political weapon and punchline. Both Gov. Mitt Romney and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan are undeniably smart. Romney earned millions runningContinue Reading