Biden being Biden

Yes, I watched the debate. I called it a small win for Biden on points, which is a victory for the McCain campaign. Palin seemed to do well in getting out of her own way finally, but she just didn't have the background knowledge to call out Biden on some of his more egregious bullshitting. So she missed some opportunities, but then she didn't screw it up either.

One of the salient things I took away from that debate was a reminder of what a loathsome blowhard Biden is. He is almost a caricature of a politician from old-time movies. Jonah Goldberg has his number:
What struck me the most about the debate – and it probably helped having quintessential Obamaphiles in the room – was how Biden’s “gravitas” is derived almost entirely from the fact that he can lie with absolute passion and conviction. He just plain made stuff up tonight. I read a long list tonight in my debate with Beinart here at Wash U, we can visit the details tomorrow.

Just a few: Flatly asserting that Obama never said he’d meet with Achmenijad; that absolute nonsense about spending more in a month in Iraq than we’ve spent in Afghanistan (“let me say it again,” he said as if he was hammering home a real fact); the bit about McCain voting with Obama on raising taxes; his vote in favor of the war etc.

It’s amazing how the impulse to see Biden as the more qualified and serious guy stems almost entirely from his ability to be a convincing b.s. artist. I’m not saying Palin was always honest or unrehearsed, but when she offers up a catchphrase or a talking point, you can tell. When Biden spews up a warm fog of deceitful gassbaggery the response seems to be “what a great grasp of the issues he has!”

His ability, nay his eagerness, to fake not only the “facts” but his sincerity is so shameless many pundits seem either mesmerized by it or scared to call him on it. I’d call his fakery passive aggressive except it’s actually just aggressive aggressive. Beyond being a tool of trial lawyers, I never saw much similarity between Biden and John Edwards, but tonight I was really struck by how alike the two are. Edwards fakes being an everyman, and Biden does too. But his real fraud is intellectual seriousness. He talks like an intellectually mature person, but that’s all it is – talk.

I suppose it's no surprise he's already been busted for plagarism more than once. When a politician speaks, you can pretty much count on a lie coming out of its mouth.


il Tucc said...

Yeah, but Sarah sure looked hot in black!

mathle said...

As your once and humble editor, I edited this sentence for more clarity and accuracy:

"Palin seemed to do well in getting out of her own way finally, but she just didn't have the knowledge."