Political Animal


October 11, 2012 9:44 PM Veep Live-Blogging II

By Ed Kilgore

* Onto economy now, and Biden hitting narly every single point Obama faulted for failing to make against Romney—inherited mess, auto bailout, 47%, Ryan’s “takers” comments, etc., etc.

* Ryan goes from macro to micro: Scranton unemployment! Now counter-spin on September jobs report. And then: the five-point plan! CNN dial reaction from focus group loves five-point plan. Sad.

* Ryan uses Biden gaffe rep to dismiss 47%. Gets big laugh.

* First reference in debates to Republican obstruction in Congress. “Get out of the way” good line.

* Really hard to assess back-and-forth between Biden and Ryan on stimulus. Biden definitely not being passive, but Ryan’s responding quickly.

* Ah, entitlements! Ryan takes 20 seconds to mention his mother re Medicare. Focus group buying generational argument. Now Ryan sticking chin out on Medicare “cuts” and IPAB. But first goes on offensive on own plan, and CNN focus group likes it.

* Biden does standard defense of administration on Medicare. Then goes into voucher attack, and (thank God!) mentions Ryan’s SocSec privatization proposals.

* Worm turning as Biden interrupts Ryan to refute “bipartisanship” claims about his Medicare proposal.

* Raddatz ties Ryan back to Bush on SocSec.

* Biden plays “who do you trust” card tying Romney and Ryan to his party’s lack of credibility on entitlements.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • coralsea on October 11, 2012 10:06 PM:

    I refuse to watch CNN.

    But is their "focus group" comprised of a true demographic slice this time - or consisting solely of another bunch of old, fat, white, male, Southerners??

    I give Biden primo points for doing what I couldn't: restrain self from reaching across the table and strangling that mendacious piece of shit til he goes limp.

  • Sparko on October 11, 2012 10:34 PM:

    Complete evisceration of Ryan. He was parroting Rove, but Rove works only in a paid political forum like Fox News.