Extra!Obnoxious Paul Ryan is a very nice touch.
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Please just watch this masterpiece of wonderful.
My religion defines who I am, and I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life, and it has particularly informed my social doctrine. Catholic social doctrine talks about taking care of those who can’t take care of themselves. People who need help.
With regard to abortion, I accept my Church’s position on abortion as a de fide doctrine. Life begins at conception. I accept that position in my personal life. But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians, and Muslims and and Jews…I just refuse to do that, unlike my friend here, the Congressman. I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people, women that they cannot control their body. It’s a decision between them and their doctor in my view, and the Supreme Court. And I’m not going to interfere with that.
Remember that time in the vice presidential debate when Paul Ryan told a random and not particularly helpful anecdote about a family dying in a car wreck? Remember when he told that story in front of a man who once lost his young wife and first daughter in a car accident one week before Christmas and one month after being elected to the United States Senate?
Yea, that happened.
Ryan talked at length about a family that he and former Governor Mitt Romney met during a campaign function in Massachusetts. In my estimation, Paul Ryan did this to rattle Joe Biden. He did it to knock Joe Biden off of his game. This makes Paul Ryan detestable.
Can you imagine if Biden had said something like this:You know, the President and I were traveling through Wisconsin when we met a young man who found his father dead in bed. That man had suffered a heart attack. And that’s why we support universal healthcare for all. We want to make sure young men don’t lose their fathers in high school.
But Joe Biden wouldn’t say that. Because Joe Biden has integrity. As the situation played out, the anecdote backfired on Ryan. Biden responded like you might expect, taking a moment to collect himself, then telling the nation of how he overcame great tragedy in his own life. Biden responded:“I don’t doubt [Governor Romney’s] personal generosity, and I know what its like. When I was a little younger than the congressman, my wife was in an accident. [It] killed my daughter and my wife, and my two sons survived. The one thing you can give people is solace to know that if you’ve been through it, they can make it.”
Joe Biden shows again that he has the sort of empathy necessary to properly govern. Paul Ryan shows once again that he is the sort of man willing to use anything - including the painful and tragic death of his opponent’s family - to score a political point.
|Q:||What's for dinner?|
|Paul Ryan:||I believe in going to a store and being free to buy anything I want.|
|Q:||no, seriously.. What are you cooking for dinner tonight?|
|Paul Ryan:||I believe dinner should be cooked, and I'll cook what I say I'll cook.|
|Q:||ya, what specifically are you going to cook though? I have some serious food allergies.|
|Paul Ryan:||Look. My opponents dinners are an embarrassment, Mitt Romney and I will restore America's favorite meal with bold ideas and by making the tough decisions.|
|Q:||Well, can you at least promise you won't use shellfish?|
“For 300 years, our laws have catered almost exclusively to straight, old, white men. Can’t we agree that they’ve talked enough? Having a straight, white woman moderate a debate shouldn’t be rare or groundbreaking. Put a transgender South American bisexual refugee up there and we’ll talk.
“Pundits on both sides like to talk about how the economy is the national equalizer of issues. What’s good for the economy is good for women, and LGBT people, and people of color, so they shouldn’t complain when their “special interests” get ignored or steamrollered, they claim. We need moderators from those communities to give a voice to people who aren’t overrepresented by members of politics and the media. Because if they don’t speak up on their own behalves, it’s pretty clear no one else will.”
Martha Raddatz was so great last night. It was a very stark comparison to Jim Lehrer.
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: — months and months. They found no evidence of cronyism. And I love my friend here. I — I’m not allowed to show letters, but go on our website: He sent me two letters saying, by the way, can you send me some stimulus money for companies here in the state of Wisconsin? We sent millions of dollars. You know why he said he needed —
MS. RADDATZ: You did ask for stimulus money, correct?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Sure he did. By the way — (inaudible) —
REP. RYAN: On two occasions, we — we — we advocated for constituents who were applying for grants.
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: (Chuckles.)
So you can savour the Biden takedown word by precious word.