Gov. Sarah Palin Bests Sen. Joe Biden in VP Debate Biden's strongest points turn out to be mostly lies
Knowing the Obama-media will provide cover for whatever he said and declare him victorious, regardless of reality, Sen. Joe Biden apparently traded in his gaffe material for outright lies. In at least fourteen instances where Biden was either trying to refute Sarah Palin or trying to make a strong point with the audience, he was simply manufacturing material that sounded good at the time, but turns out to be fiction. It's an effective strategy, given the unlikely coverage his lies will get in the Obama-media.
On the basis that neither candidate appeared to have done poorly and each held their own in last night's VP candidate debate, a quick reaction to the debate might be that it was a draw. But it wasn't. Here is why Gov. Palin soundly won her debate with Sen. Biden:
Low expectations of Palin
Thanks to the two Obama-media interrogations (ABC-Obama's Gibson and CBS-Obama's Couric) where much of what Palin said was left on the "cutting room floor," prior to the debate many in the public reflected the Obama-media's low expectations for Sarah Palin. It would have taken only one or two serious gaffes for Palin to measure down to those low expectations. While each candidate had their own tongue-twisted moments (verbal typos), other than Biden's obvious Constitutional gaffe when he claimed the VP has no role other than to break ties in the Senate, neither candidate made an outright gaffe that would have exposed either as clearly inferior to the other. Consequently, thanks to the Obama-media's attempts to derail Palin, when she held her own and came across as the same Sarah Palin American's came to know and like during her GOP Convention speech, she emerged a clear winner in her contest with Biden.
People genuinely like Sarah Palin. She came across as intelligent, quick-witted, humorous, pleasant, "main street USA" middle class, and attractive to viewers. She has been likened to a "female Ronald Reagan" in her connectivity with the general public. There is a sense that she understands what really irks most people about government and the partisan mess in Washington. There is a good reason she comes across that way. Palin reflects the broad middle-class America ("main street") because she is a middle class American. She never sought politics, it sought her. In contrast, Sen. Biden, though affable, came across as the consummate veteran politician -- the image of why Congress has approval numbers that make President Bush look immensely popular by comparison. Biden's wolf-ish grin seemed to betray a seasoned politician's lust to get into our wallets while pulling the wool over our eyes. Biden appeared as a "nice guy" who would be a lot easier to like if he weren't doing mischief in Washington. When he raised his opposition to Judge Bork's Supreme Court nomination as an example of how he changed, he scored a huge zero among those who understand that our Constitution is not supposed to be politicized by judge's with a pre-conceived political agenda. Biden seems to think that it's important to get a judge who is on "his side" of political issues. That is precisely why Biden is a dangerous member of the Judicial Committee of the US Senate. Judge's should be considered on their merit as it relates to understanding the US Constitution and any rulings they may have that were based on a Constitutional foundation. They should not be considered on the basis of their politics.
Character & Integrity
Where Sarah Palin literally overwhelms with character and integrity, Sen. Biden created his own crisis of integrity by making many of his stronger points by using complete fabrications that were contrary to the truth. In other words, Biden lied to make his key points. At least 14 times, according to one accounting (see below). Secure in the knowledge that the Obama-media would ignore or downplay his lies as mere "mistakes" if they were even acknowledged, Biden was able to drive home some key points in the debate that at times he seemed to think he was having with John McCain. Here is a tally of Biden's fabrications that he used to score key debate points (see Joe Biden's 14 Lies):
Biden lied when he claimed McCain voted "the exact same way" as Obama to increase taxes on Americans earning just $42,000. McCain did not.
Biden lied when he claimed Barack Obama never said that he would sit down unconditionally with Mahmoud Ahmedinijad of Iran. Barack Obama did say that quite specifically, and Joe Biden even attacked him for it during the primaries.
Biden lied when he said "Drill we must" because Biden has consistently opposed offshore drilling and even compared offshore drilling to "raping" the Outer Continental Shelf.
Biden lied when he stated that John McCain and Barack Obama voted the same way against funding the troops in the field. John McCain opposed a bill that included a timeline, a bill that the President of the United States had already said he would veto regardless of it’s passage. McCain supported the bill that passed without a timeline. Obama, who insisted on a troop withdrawal timetable, did not vote for that bill.
Biden lied when he claimed he’s always been for clean coal, because he has a record of consistently voting against clean coal and coal in the U.S. Senate. Recently, Biden told a voter that he is against clean coal and any new coal plants in America.
According to FactCheck.org, Biden lied by exaggerating and overstating John McCain’s voting record on alternative energy when Biden said McCain voted against it 23 times. Look at the fiasco that corn-ethanol has become. While ethanol added to gasoline makes the product a few cents cheaper, it reduces gas mileage significantly and lowers engine performance that could present a safety hazard in a critical situation. The cost to the food and feed industries has been enormous ... and those costs were passed along to consumers in higher food prices. So not all alternative energy bills are necessarily in the best interests of middle-class Main street USA.
Biden lied when he claimed McCain will raise taxes on people's health insurance coverage -- they get a tax credit to offset any tax hike. Independent fact checkers have confirmed Biden's attack is a lie.
Biden lied when he claimed Palin supported a windfall profits tax in Alaska. Palin reformed the state tax and revenue system, she did not approve any windfall profits tax.
Biden lied when he claimed that the top military commander in Iraq said the principles of the surge could not be applied to Afghanistan. The commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force, Gen. David D. McKiernan, clearly stated that principles of the surge strategy, including working with tribes, could be applied effectively in Afghanistan.
Biden lied when he claimed McCain weakened regulation. McCain actually called for more regulation of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and warned several years ago of the financial crisis that blossomed with the mortgage scandal. Democrats blocked the regulatory oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that both McCain and Bush fought for. Had Democrats not blocked that reform, we would not be in the mortgage mess we're in today. But Democrats were busy buying votes with mortgages for low income people who had no chance to be able to sustain those mortgages when interest rates rose at record rates (thanks rapid Fed Rate increases under Democrat Alan Greenspan).
Biden lied when he claimed John McCain was "dead wrong on Iraq", because Joe Biden cast the same vote to authorize the war but then voted against the surge strategy supported by John McCain and which has been dramatically proven right. The war in Iraq is effectively over, thanks to the surge. People do not realize that victory has been achieved, thanks to the embargo by our Obama-media on any good news coming from Iraq.
Biden lied when he claimed Americans earning less than $250,000 wouldn’t see higher taxes. The Obama-Biden tax plan would raise taxes on individuals making $200,000 or more. You'd think Biden would know that.
Biden lied when he claimed the economic rescue legislation matches the four principles that Obama laid out. In reality, it doesn’t meet two of the four principles that Obama outlined on Sept. 19, which were that it include an emergency economic stimulus package, and that it be "part of a globally coordinated effort with our partners in the G-20."
Biden lied when he claimed that under Obama's tax plan, Americans won't pay any more in taxes then they did under Reagan.
Given the complete fabrication by Biden of "facts" that turn out to be "lies", any claims by the Obama-media of a Biden victory cannot be taken seriously. Biden would do well to reflect upon the famous words of former Democrat Senator from New York, Patrick Moynihan, who said, "Everybody is entitled to their own opinions, but they're not entitled to their own facts."
Sarah Palin emerged the clear winner with a bright future serving America.
Bob Webster, a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s) is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.
A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.