Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My answer to Juan Williams’ question

On Fox News tonight, NPR senior correspondent Juan Williams said he didn’t understand why the polls aren’t showing “a Joe Biden bounce.”

IMO there are two principle reasons for that:


1) Joe Biden is not Hillary Clinton. Most of her supporters responded to Biden’s selection with “Jeez, that change?”


2) Joe Biden is Joe Biden. How many enthusiastic Biden supporters have you ever known? And have you met in the last few days even one person who told you: “I wasn’t sure I’d vote for Obama, but with Biden on the ticket I'm voting for him?”

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Joe Biden doesn't even LIKE Obama. He said Obama isn't qualified and that the whitehouse isn't a place for on the job training. He said he admired McCain and would love to run WITH him. Joe Biden thinks Obama is the FIRST legitimate black candidate.

Plus Obama is a certified fraud.

You can't bounce that.

Anonymous said...

Joe Biden doesn't even LIKE Obama. He said Obama isn't qualified and that the whitehouse isn't a place for on the job training. He said he admired McCain and would love to run WITH him. Joe Biden thinks Obama is the FIRST legitimate black candidate.

Plus Obama is a certified fraud.

You can't bounce that.

Anonymous said...

I think that you have hit it on the head John. I was a political pollster/consultant in the 1980s and measured the Ferraro and Quayle VP impacts in 1984 and 1988. Biden is just not someone to move the needle (even if his IQ is higher than mine and he is as eloquent as . . . well, Neil Kinnock).

Some trivia on VP selections . . .

Despite the fact that Reagan crushed Walter Mondale in 1984, there was a brief period that Reagan trailed in the polls. He was down two points in the 48-72 hours after Mondale chose Geraldine Ferraro. Apparently, the choice was newsworthy and interesting enough that Mondale got a temporary, short-lived bump. Back to this year, I think that since BHO is supposed to be Mr. Excitement, he needed a more exciting choice to maintain the "Audacity of Hype." Biden ain't it.

More trivia . . .

The press and Democrats jumped on the Dan Quayle selection almost as soon as Bush announced it in 1988. Quayle was portrayed as a lightweight and not ready to be VP. What many people don't know is that Quayle had 12 years in DC under his belt at that point -- 4 years in the House and 8 in the Senate. He was reelected to his Senate seat in 1986 with what was, at that time, the largest margin of victory in Indiana history (even surpassing the popular Richard Lugar). The media treated Quayle as a presumptuous joke for running for VP but (to return to the present) they have little problem swallowing the idea that Obama, who started running for President after serving only two years of his first US Senate term, is ready for the much bigger job of President.

Anonymous said...

Biden is a liar too,,,,just sayin. Remember this? (copied)


I have a much higher IQ’

On April 3, 1987, at a campaign stop in Claremont, N.H., a voter named Frank innocently asked Biden what law school he attended and how he performed there.

“I think I have a much higher IQ than you do,” replied Biden, who went to Syracuse University College of Law. “I went to law school on a full academic scholarship.”

He told the astonished man that while he admittedly did not do well his first year because he didn’t want to be in law school, he did much better his second and third years and ended up in the top half of his class. “I won the international moot court competition.”

Without being asked, Biden then boasted about his performance in college, at the University of Delaware, telling Frank that he had been named the “outstanding student in the political-science department. . . . I graduated with three degrees from college. . . . And I’d be delighted to sit back and compare my IQ to yours if you’d like, Frank.”

There were a number of lies in this outburst and it was not long before they too were enumerated:

• Biden got in trouble in 1965, during his first year in law school. He wrote a paper in which he lifted five pages verbatim from the Fordham Law Review. He was given an “F” in the course. He managed to avoid being bounced from law school, retook the course and earned a B.

• He claimed that he was “the only one in my class to have a full academic scholarship.” He didn’t. He did have a half scholarship that was need-based.

• He did not graduate from law school in the top half of his class. He graduated 76th out of 85 — and he was near the bottom of his class all three years.

• If he won the moot court competition — and he claimed at the time that he actually did — he did not put it on his resume, surprising for a man prone to so egregiously exaggerating his accomplishments.

• He did not win the award for being the outstanding student in the political science department at Delaware, and he graduated with one degree, not three. He had a “C” average and graduated 506th in a class of 688.

At the time, he told a reporter, “I exaggerate when I’m angry.”

Danvers said...

My feeling is that Obama is about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

He seems to have this amazing propensity to shoot himself in the foot, (usually when it is in his mouth)