Joe Biden Wins Debate By Doing Everything Paul Ryan Did “Except Backwards And In High Heels”

In 1987 I ordered a Joe Biden for President button from his campaign headquarters.  There was something very refreshing about the way Biden framed the issues, how he spoke so openly and honestly about the average person in this nation.  I was proud to support his candidacy.

Today I again heard the same refrain that echoed about Biden decades ago.  Here is a man who traveled Amtrak every day to work, spoke with the commuters that sat near him, and knew the names of the conductors who worked the rails.  In 2006 Biden was listed as the poorest senator in Washington.  There is something to be said for being the most normal.

Cleary there is something about Biden who connects with real people.

While Biden was in the Senate I always was tuning in to hear his views about international events, and the appointees that were in front of the Judiciary Committee.  One can never forget his earnestness in fighting the atrocities that were taking place in the Balkans, or his great work in stopping Robert Bork from getting to the Supreme Court.

With that as a background there is no way to over-state that tonight Biden needed to shine in ways at the debate that would be hard for anyone to live up to.  The fact that President Obama was rather lackluster in the first debate meant that Biden had to score a home run with the bases loaded.  Earlier today I felt the old line about Ginger Rogers applied when it was remarked that she had to do everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.  Biden could say the same when it came to Paul Ryan.  The stakes for this election were that high.

With a well-timed smile near the start of the debate, and a forceful “that’s a bunch of malarkey” at the lies from Paul Ryan the Vice-President put on his heels.

And he performed! 

“But I always say what I mean.” was the perfect summation by Biden to the lies and pandering that Mitt Romney has paraded around the country.

As Biden smiled and was able to convey that “facts matter” not only was your blogger smiling, but I think most Democrats were high-fiving around the country.  It might be noted again David Plouffe wrote in his book that in 2008  Biden’s debating skills was a main reason Obama chose him as VP.

I loved the comment by Biden that he heard some of the same arguments from Sarah Palin that Ryan was echoing during the debate.  Talk about a well-placed put-down!

What struck me over and over is that Biden was able to criticize Romney consistently while Mr Ryan could not directly take it to President Obama.  That was just a sign that  ryan was not an experienced debater.

When Ryan stated that “look at what Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill did” to the question “Do you have specifics?” was just remarkable, as it underscored the lack of ability for Republicans to spell out the facts of their plans as they would be so dreadful for the citizenry.

I very much like the fact that Biden kept referring to Mr Ryan as “my friend.”  It speaks volumes about Biden, and I suspect is making points nationwide.

It was a very good night for Joe Biden, and even a better night for Democrats.

Wisconsin State Rep. Robin Vos Is One Very Disappointing Politician

There is just no way to defend the actions of  Wisconsin State Representative Roger Rivard.  But that is exactly what his assembly colleague, Robin Vos, did today.  With gusto.

Without blushing or looking at all uncomfortable Vos told a gathering that the comment by Rivard that “some girls rape easy” was not a reflection of the true character of the freshman lawmaker.  Vos stated that Rivard should be reelected as he represents his constituents.

Said Vos, “When people look at Roger’s entire record, not a single sentence, they will
return him to Madison.”

Then in the same news cycle Robin Vos who now appears as a clearly misguided and thoughtless conservative came out and repudiated the rape remark.

Late this afternoon Vos did a complete turn-around and stated of Rivard that “his comments are unacceptable and embarrassing.”

Now, one has to not only wonder what is wrong with Rivard for making such an outlandish statement, but also what is wrong with Vos for when reading or hearing of the offensive rape remark not instantly repudiating it.  Instead Vos first wrapped his arms around the man who made the remarks, and urged voters to support him!

Talk about the definition of craven!

What is it about the Republican Party that so many of their members have trouble finding the moral footing that the vast majority of us possess and use so easily.

I think that the majority of my readers would view the remarks of Rivard, and know at once they were so horrible and indefensible there would be no way to defend them or the person who made them.

But not Robin Vos.

I have never held myself out to be an expert on mining in Wisconsin or the best way to increase the deer herd for hunters.  But when it comes to what constitutes political blunders and out-right stupidity I suspect most of my readers would join with me in displaying dismay with both Rivard and Vos.  One does not need to be a professional political analyst to discern what is slimy political behavior.  The first thing that is required to make a judgement call on a matter like this is to have a moral center that is not shut down during election cycles.

Today truly deplorable behavior was on full display courtesy of the Wisconsin Republican Party.

Both Rivard and Vos need to be taken to the proverbial woodshed.

What Republican Rep. Roger Rivard Has Taught Us About Rape

This sums it up.

If the Todd Akin saga has taught us anything about how America reacts to reckless comments about sexual assault, Rivard will be explaining himself for a while. In the meantime, if anybody out there is considering running for office or getting a new job or trying to make friends, trust us on this one. It’s never okay to say, “Some girls rape easy.” Regardless of whether your dad told you so or not, it’s still pretty viciously offensive.

Needless to say, Rivard’s comments did not go over well when he first said them, and they did not go over well when he tried to explain himself on Wednesday. “It portrays women as the perpetrator of the violence being perpetrated against them,” said Nichole Kathol, president of the Barron County Domestic Abuse Project. “He’s blaming the victim and implying the definition of rape is all too encompassing.”

Republicans Running Away From Wisconsin Rep. Roger Rivard

Nothing makes Republican candidates scatter faster than a stupid, insensitive, and totally repugnant comment about rape.

This year there has been many such moments by Republicans.

The latest horribe rape comment came from Wisconsin Rep. Roger Rivard, which I commented on earlier today.  What was said  is one of the most loathsome yet from a GOP candidate.

What the whole genesis of it was, it was advice to me, telling me, ‘If you’re going to go down that road, you may have consensual sex that night and then the next morning it may be rape.’ So the way he said it was, ‘Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning,'” Rivard told the Journal Sentinel.

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has dropped his endorsement of a Wisconsin lawmaker who said that his father had told him “some girls, they rape so easy” as a way to warn him that women could consent to sex but then later claim they hadn’t.

Ryan pulled his support for Wisconsin Rep. Roger Rivard of Rice Lake just hours after the Journal Sentinel reported on his rape comments, and by Thursday afternoon Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson also condemned Rivard’s statements. U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy of Ashland said he was donating money he had received from Rivard to a sexual abuse shelter.


Republicans Have Already Lost One GOP Senate Seat In Maine

While there is much to talk about, ponder, and predict as we roll towards Election Day, there is one race that we can all but call when it comes to the U.S. Senate.

In Maine there was a need for Republicans to keep the seat of retiring Senator Olympia Snowe.  There was never a time in this election year that was ever possible.

Former Maine Gov. Angus King, running as an independent, had name recognition and overall support from the day he announced his candidacy.  Charlie Summers, the Republican is a weak candidate, and had to be hoping that this would be the year for Republicans to again make dramatic gains in congress, and as such he could just ride along.

But as we near the end of the race there is nothing to suggest that Summers knows how to run a major campaign for a serious office, and has proven he has no ability to gain traction.  There is no reason Summers’ should think himself qualified to seek the U.S. Senate.

He failed his bid for the Republican nomination in Maine’s 1st Congressional District in 1994 and failed general election bids in the 1st CD in 2004 and 2008.  Then he worked for nine years in Sen. Snowe’s office.  In the end Summers was able to garner enough votes to become Maine Secretary of State.

The fact President Obama is trending very favorably in all Maine polls has only made it harder for Summers.  That King has the ability to attain 50% in polls, as in this latest one, must make it hard for the GOP in Maine to even get out of bed.

To make any attempt at all for some sign of life the Summers’ campaign has run the usual negative ads that all races are seeing this year.  While those ads may take a few points off the lead that King holds, at the end of the day this cake is in the oven and will be served up on Election Night.

A poll released Wednesday shows Independent former Gov. Angus King with a huge lead in Maine’s Senate contest, contrasting with other recent polls that have shown a tightening race.

The poll from Pan Atlantic SMS also shows King hitting the 50 percent mark in the three-way contest. He garners 50 percent of the vote to Republican Charlie Summers’ 24 percent and Democrat Cynthia Dill’s measly 12 percent. Fourteen percent of respondents were undecided in the race.

King holds the support of 59 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of Independents in the survey. Just 21 percent of Democrats express support for Dill. Summers doesn’t even reach 50 percent support among Republicans in the poll: 48 percent support him, while 34 percent support King.

What Is It About Republicans And Rape? Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Rice Lake) Is Absurd

When I was a boy I came to understand rape is a violent act.  It was not difficult to reach that conclusion.  After all, there was no other logical conclusion to make.

As an adult I can stand with the vast majority of people and make the same statement about rape.  There is no nuance or dancing around that plain simple fact about a most horrible topic.

But over and over this year there has been constant reminders that not all boys had the same information imparted to them, and all men have not matured on the topic.  In fact, far from it.

What bothers me most is that in a political season so many Republicans are offering up the most backwoods horse-rot imaginable about rape, and doing so openly and candidly.  Gone is the filter of common sense.  What is felt deep down about women, rape, and contraceptives has bubbled up from some Republicans and made headlines.

It is shocking to me that there is not consensus in this nation at least on the topic of rape.  While we all can argue if tax rates should be lowered or if Syria should be armed, there should at least be agreement in the strongest terms about the nature of rape,  and the fact is always a repugnant act.

In 2012 it is shocking to read the words from Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Rice Lake).  How out of touch, moronic, and unacceptable his words and tone are about the violent act of rape.

It is clear that not only did his father teach him rubbish about rape, but he also forgot to inform “Roger” that sometimes it is best to stay quiet.  While the comments about rape are offensive, I also have to question what possessed the representative to step in the middle of the such a political mess.

A state representative is drawing heat for saying that his father had told him when he was young that “some girls rape easy” as a way to warn him that a woman could agree to sex but then later claim that it wasn’t consensual.

Freshman Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Rice Lake) in December discussed a case with the Chetek Alert newspaper in which a 17-year-old high school senior was charged with sexual assault for having sex with an underage girl in the school’s band room.

The newspaper quoted him as saying his father warned him, “Some girls rape easy” – meaning that after the fact they can change what they say about whether sex was consensual. On Wednesday, Rivard told the Journal Sentinel that the article did not provide full context of his comments and that his father’s exact words had been slightly different from how they appeared in the Chetek Alert.

He told the Journal Sentinel that his father had advised him not to have premarital sex, and he took that seriously.

“He also told me one thing, ‘If you do (have premarital sex), just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry,’ ” Rivard said. “Because all of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and she’s not going to say, ‘Oh, yeah, I was part of the program.’ All that she has to say or the parents have to say is it was rape because she’s underage. And he just said, ‘Remember, Roger, if you go down that road, some girls,’ he said, ‘they rape so easy.

“What the whole genesis of it was, it was advice to me, telling me, ‘If you’re going to go down that road, you may have consensual sex that night and then the next morning it may be rape.’ So the way he said it was, ‘Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning.’

“So it’s been kind of taken out of context.”

No, Roger, we understand what you said.  That is why so many are upset.