There are several reasons why Biden should do well and won’t fall on his face like his boss did in the first debate? First of all, the elevation is only 980 feet. Anyone who has been to Denver or watches MSNBC knows how difficult it is to talk at that altitude.
Secondly, not being able to use a teleprompter has never hampered Biden from making the very memorable statements that are his hallmark. Furthermore, he didn’t have John Kerry to let him down and Jim Lehrer will not moderate the debate. Finally, Paul Ryan is expected to be Paul Ryan, quite different than Romney who wasn’t himself in the debate. In other words, none of the factors that were stacked against Obama will affect the Vice President. Well there may be one. The moderator may still be sitting lower than the candidates making it difficult for Obama not to face his opponent when speaking.
Tonight’s debate will be the most watched Vice Presidential debate in history. Biden will surely make every effort to put one of his best feet forward because it is his opportunity to establish bona fides for a run for President should Obama decide to step down in 2016. Mathematics are boring, Biden is entertaining. For all these reasons, if I were asked to predict the winner, I would say the answer to that is a no-brainer.
Wisconsin is Paul Ryan’s home state and what a rousing reception he received! More than ten thousand plus cheering fans came in threatening weather to greet Ryan and Romney in the town of Waukesha.
Ryan was born and raised about 60 miles away in Janesville which is a modest sized town in fly-over country. That means it is down home America and Paul Ryan is Janesville’s Mr. Smith who went to Washington. Romney called his running mate “someone who is a leader . . . who has real character, who loves America,”. That’s a change we can hope for.
When the cheering subsided Romney got serious.
“If you follow the campaign of Barack Obama, he’s going to do everything in his power to make this the lowest, meanest negative campaign in history. We’re not going to let that happen.
Mr. President, take your campaign out of the gutter and let’s talk about the real issues that America faces.”
Someone near the stage started heckling the candidates Romney handled the heckler very well. Romney faced the person and said “You ought to find yourself a different place to be disruptive because here we believe in listening to people with dignity and respect.”
We are coming to a fork in the road and if we take the path to the left it will be so precipitous there may be no turning back. It will be the proof that Tocqueville was right. One reason Ronald Reagan was so loved is that he had great faith in the American people, in you and I, to do the right thing when all the chips are down. If we choose the path to the right it will be proof that Reagan was right.
The most predictable financial crisis the nation has ever faced and Democrats fight every attempt to thwart it. Our problems are Afghanistan, Iran, jobs, declining quality of healthcare and skyrocketing federal debt. But all the Democrats want to discuss is sex.
It is hard to know which is worse, this diversionary tactic by the Democratic machine or Republicans for giving it legs. Given Obama’s horrible record on both domestic and international fronts, you can hardly blame the Democrats for wanting to change the subject. Paul Ryan is the man with the right message and he sticks to it. The candidates would do well to do the same.