Monday, October 15, 2012

It's A Rudy Kazootie Kinda Day!

I got an email from my dear friend Chuck who moaned: "Why would Biden, probably the smartest guy out of the lot pull what he did last night? Good grief, he's better than that."

My response was to ask if he was venting... or if he wanted a serious answer. "A little of both," he answered, and I told him I thought Biden did just fine. He gave Ryan about 4 minutes to establish his methodology and it was pretty clear pretty fast that Ryan was attempting to Gish Gallop him as Romney did to President Obama. And the best way to fend off a Gish the SOB. Every laugh, every eye roll, every interruption underscored Joe Biden's belief that Ryan is a liar and he was going to call him out on it any way he could.

Rudy's twin brother?
Rudy Kazootie
Yeah, sure, they  both get their facts wrong. Yeah, sure they both needed some serious fact checking, but it was pretty obvious that Ryan is a piker when up against Mr Biden. And his attempts to paint Mr. Biden as old and decrepit did nothing to enhance his own image. I rather enjoyed the debate. It was fast, refreshing, and means absolutely nothing in terms of this race. Still, I was glad to see Joe Biden wipe the floor with Rudy Kazootie.

So, I'm guessing you, gentle reader, have figured out I don't like the R&R Toon Town Trolley. I could list any number of seriously strange things the candidates have said, but I would just like to focus on one in particular. Mitt Romney had some sort of episode while talking to an Ohio newspaper:

“We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack,’  ” he said as he offered more hints as to what he would put in place of “Obamacare,” which he has pledged to repeal.

“No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital. We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”

He pointed out that federal law requires hospitals to treat those without health insurance — although hospital officials frequently say that drives up health-care costs.
The Columbus Dispatch
Thursday October 11, 2012 3:55 PM

I wonder how the air is on Mittens' planet. We don’t have people dying from lack of health insurance? Is this man on crack? And when someone goes to the emergency room  and can’t pay…who does he think pays the bills? Can he possible be that dense and ill informed about the reality of the lives of We, The People? I think it's past the time when the Toon Town Trolley Clowns spent a night, incognito, sitting in an inner city ER. These two need a good does of reality before they start talking again.

Meanwhile, there's another Presidential debacle...I mean debate... this week. And you can pretty much count on Romney taking another gallop at the President. This time, however, I think the President is going to be prepared for an avalanche of malarkey. And in that preparation, someone will clue the President in on the tell. 

Every bluffer, poker player, and liar has a tell. It's a simple little thing that, if you know what to look for, tells the not-so-casual observer that the other guy is bluffing...or in the case of politics, lying. Some people lick or chew their lower lip every so briefly. Others glance away. There are a million versions. But I'll tell you Mitt's. 

Mittens gets shrill. When he feels desperate, his throat visibly constricts, his voice goes up a notch, and he raises his chin ever so slightly. Don't believe me? Go watch the Big Bird section of the last debate and you will see it right there. The minute he heads into dangerous waters that he knows are dangerous, he does the throat/chin thing. 

Now that you have something to look forward to, go get ready for the debate. It's gonna be a hoot.  Meaningless, but a hoot.

Wifely Person's Tip o'the Week
When confronted by the wisdom of someone you think is too stupid to live,
smile......and thank them for sharing.
Steven O. Siegfried                     


  1. No attempt at objectivity here WP? I think most commentators would consider the debate somewhat closer than you are suggesting. The fact that you don't agree with Rep. Ryan's positions doesn't negate the fact that VP Biden looked like a grining jackanape thoughout most of the debate. Plus you forget to mention Mr. Bidens documented love affair with plagarism.....

    1. Dear Albie,

      I'm not doing fact checking here...they're both guilty as sin. Neither one has ever had an original thought, but I find my bull'o'meter off the scales with Ryan's take on health care. And I won't ever get started on foreign policy.

      Sit back, though, relax, and we can argue about Tuesdy night on Wednesday.

      The WP

  2. I wonder just how much the Koch brothers are paying Ryan and Romney to look stupid, wait they are stupid.

  3. I remember watching Paul Ryan on Meet the Press last spring. I came away disagreeing with him on pretty much EVERYTHING, but I admired his willingness to lead, to through an idea out there and to at least seem willing to follow through. Since he became part of the ticket in August, it has become apparent that his willingness to lead is unencumbered by facts, reason, or common sense. He seems to want to lead regardless of where he's leading. That's not good enough.
    Joe Biden acted out last week...but he had to. How else could he try to get across that every position taken by his opponent was baseless pandering that differed from the ticket's baseless pandering of the week before? If Biden could have made the point by being all calm and presidential, that would have been great. Unfortunately, time, format, and the amount of information he needed to refute precluded that.
    We can only hope that both debaters leave the caricatures at home and really show us who they are tomorrow. Unfortunately, their advisors might find that too risky.

    1. Luke,

      I absolutely agree with you on the time/format issue. I felt Joe Biden did exactly what needed to be done within the framework he had. Unhinged? Hardly. It was a very calculated performance and one which I hope spoke volumes to those who felt the ticket was lacking "spice."

      I am hoping that the President uses his No-Drama stance to squash Mittens into submission. Watch for the tell. Watch for the neck to tighten, the chin to rise, and the voice go up. When you see that...the President has hit the mark.

      I'm just sayin'..........

  4. WP,

    Dear friend Chuck????? Are you trying to tell us something? Is this another case of old home week? What is going on???????

    Inquiring yentas want to know!

    1. Dear Yentas,

      I appreciate your kind concern, but the answer is "no" on both counts.