Thursday, October 11, 2012
A Full Cuppa Joe
As VP Biden would say, Romney’s trouncing of Obama in the debate last week was a big f’ing deal. Romney got a 5-point bounce in the Gallup poll and keeps going higher, so ol’ Gaffmaster Joe’s performance tonight could be worth five or so more. The election could be over this Friday…
Or Maybe Not...
So, Joe Biden had to take six days off to compete for a job he already has. What’s with all the debate prep for him and President Obama? They’ve had the job for almost four years, what is there to “prep” for? Either you know it or you don’t, and they clearly don’t which I guess explains all the preparation. It was so important to Obama that he even cancelled some golf outings and Hollywood media events to practice.
I think the Veep will probably do OK, if he stays away from mentioning how FDR went on TV to speak to the American people or doesn’t try to spell anything. His non-stop, one-man traveling minstrel show lulls us into forgetting that he is an intelligent man.
But seriously, I look for him to take a fatherly, lecturing tone to put Ryan in his place, to portray the younger man as an untested naïf. After all, unlike Obama and Biden, Ryan didn’t kill Osama with his bare hands or win a Nobel Prize, and Biden's been in politics since before Ryan was born.
Also, I predict Biden will go loud populist. It’s the free-wheeling, facts-be-damned territory that suits him best. His reeling off blue collar zingers will contrast sharply with Ryan’s studiousness, and it could end up making Ryan look like a stiff, humorless prig, in love with his actuarial tables, bogged down with cold statistics and unconcerned with “real people.”
I know, it sounds contradictory. Biden being both a lecturing father and a populist joker, but it can work for the voluble Vice President. Think Archie Bunker or (the resemblance is striking) Frank Barone, the father from Everybody Loves Raymond. It will take some skill on Ryan’s part to escape this pincers attack.
Nothing is certain. The irony for Biden is this: The more scripted and staid he is, the less effective he’ll be. If he let’s ’er rip, he can win over the crowd and beat Ryan, but that “Scranton Joe unplugged” territory is also mined with gaff hazards.
I predict an entertaining debate with no clear winner, based mostly upon the affable VP’s formidable skills at playing to the peanut gallery. I may just have to watch it tonight.
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