I found it necessary to write this piece because of the rumblings on Liberal and Conservative sites. This article, I honestly hope, will get to the Obama folks.
It is important that Biden is unleashed on Paul Ryan because Paul Ryan is ARMED to attack Biden. Why? Because that is the only way Ryan can hope to out maneuver Biden who has been a Senator for 40-years. Biden MUST respond in the same way. Biden must be unleashed!!
The buzz on moderate Conservative blogs is that Romney and Obama are the same on many issues, except that Romney is the more competent of the two by virtue of his much-advertised Venture Capitalist experience. A pile of Bunk, I know, but it is the chatter nonetheless. This is an index of how damaging the First debate was to the Obama brand. But we are going forward and must do better.
Anyway, there is no nice way to write what I am about to comment about, so I will just come out and share it. Obama was ill prepared and ill-advised for the first debate and it was a near catastrophe. The situation could have been worse but it was salvaged ONLY by the good jobs report. Obama’s brand declined somewhat, because he did not appear to have researched, nor did he seem to be prepared for Romney’s well-known and LONG standing dubious debate methodology. Romney ATTACKS, CO-OPTS his opponents positions and changes position on ANY AND ALL ISSUES, just to win a debate. This has always been his style. It has NEVER changed, and will not change.
Well, my point is that following the Obama debate, a real problem exists and Biden can help ROUT its duration. He has to be unleashed. Ryan will come SWINGING and Biden must SWING harder, much HARDER.As a result, Biden MUST be unleashed and permitted to draw STRONG and STARK differences between the Obama and Romney policies. He has to be instructed to FEROCIOUSLY refute Ryan’s new positions, attack him and expose him. The clock is ticking. If Ryan is going to be anything like Romney was in the debate with Obama, then it promises to be another lie and ATTACK fest. Biden MUST be ready to engage and should NOT be defensive AT ALL.
The problem is that the last debate left folks with the impression they were dealing with two Centrists, and those of us who know Romney and have followed him for many years, know that NOTHING could be further from the truth. Romney is DANGEROUS because he has no rudder. Like G.W., whom I liked and supported, Romney is an ambitious man who has no inkling of what it takes to govern, and is seeking power for its own sake. His discussion with the retired Generals after his so-called foreign policy speech was stunning. He does not know what he is talking about. Romney, if elected, will be a tool in the hands of the Neocons. Romney and Ryan should not be elected. And Biden has to start the death knoll to end the ambitious push of this band of opportunistic and incompetent neophytes, Romney and Ryan.
I have followed the Ryan plan for a few years and belong to the group of people who find Ryan as” unwonky” as they come. He is, to me, Sarah Palin in drag. But he is male, young white and attractive (if you like men with short faces), and even though HIS NUMBERS just do not add up, he is PASSING as some policy “wonk”. And incredibly, despite the weakness of his academic credentials, and with no evidence of his policy achievements, Ryan continues to be hailed as a numbers guy,a smart man??? He is NOT. And Biden should expose him with an UNRELENTING revelation of Ryan’s positions and carefully unleashed and unforgiving attacks of Ryan’s past positions.
In conclusion, let me reiterate, Ryan will do the same thing the “Severely Conservative” Mitt Romney has done for years in debates. Ryan, like Romney will ATTACK his opponent, LIE ABOUT HIS POSITIONS, DENY THEM, ADOPT his opponents positions (he will adopt those policies and positions that poll favorably with the public), and unleash the Romney strategy with enthusiasm and impunity.
Kennedy defeated Romney because he took the gloves off and refused to back down from REJECTING Romney’s efforts to co-opt his, Kennedy’s, position. Kennedy attacked Romney and his changing positions, and that was the only reason Kennedy was able to retain his seat. Romney challenged Kennedy HARD, by changing his positions to mirror those of Kennedy, by attacking Kennedy with Kennedy’s own achievements, and then Romney played the role of a moderate during the debate. Kennedy was not cowed. He fought off Romney, ATTACKED HIM, and made Romney appear, at least to us, to be totally lacking in principle and conviction in ANYTHING.
To win the debate, Biden must be Biden. He is competent, effective and learned. He should not be held back. Ryan will come in swinging and attacking– using the Romney dubious debate method. Ted Olson has been playing Biden. And I can assure everyone that Ryan knows he is no match for Biden’s intellectual acumen. So Ryan will attack all of Biden’s achievements, attack Obama, and the follow the Romney playbook by lying, stealing Biden’s centrist positions, and denying his own past far Right positions. He will try to trip up Biden, so what? Biden must keep attacking Ryan. Ryan like Romney will do all this posturing with raw bravado and shameless ambition. Biden MUST be unleashed and ready with facts and figures to ATTACK Ryan, and force him to acknowledge his policy and other positions.
It is Biden’s time, and he should not hold back AT ALL.