Thursday, October 11, 2012
Observations From The VP Debate
I will leave it to the experts to fill in the blanks, but I thought Paul Ryan acquitted himself very well tonight. He proved himself to be Biden's equal. Biden made three mistakes.
With Libya, he said that they (the administration) were relying on information from their intelligence services when they initially said it was a spontaneous protest over a video that spun out of control. That was the line they spun for a week, but now we know that intelligence knew within 24 hours that it was a pre-planned terrorist attack. Joe threw his intelligence services under the bus.
A worse mistake was when Biden said that the administration was not told that the Libya mission needed more support. Not according to the testimony before Congress this week when both Colonel Andrew Wood and DOS regional security officer Eric Nordstrom testified that they had requested more support from the State Department, but had been refused.
Finally, Biden, though he performed better than President Obama and held his own argument wise, it was his arrogant, condescending manner that surely has to have turned off many people. He constantly laughed derisively at Ryan and continuously interrupted him as he was answering questions. Biden basically (once again) came across as a jerk. In contrast, Ryan conducted himself with dignity and respect.
That's my take without being influenced by the talking heads.