Maureen Dowd says Joe Biden delivered an 'Irish Catholic wake up call' to President Obama --Barack the big loser in V.P. debate says top New York Times columnist
By: Patrick Roberts | Published Friday, December 21, 2012, 8:23 PM | Updated Friday, December 21, 2012, 8:23 PM
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd
has stated that Joe Biden
delivered an “Irish Catholic
wake up” call to President Obama
to get in thw game in Tuesday’s debate.
In her Sunday column, Dowd
, the most read columnist in The Times and daughter of an Irish immigrant, stated that the debate was like Thanksgiving at her place.
“A donnybrook with Irish Catholic
uncles and nephews interrupting one another, mocking one another, arguing over one another, bombastically denouncing every political opinion except their own as malarkey.”
says the big loser on Thursday night was Barack Obama
whose passionless performance contrasts so hugely to how Biden
performed and how Ryan spoke.
“The loser of the vice-presidential debate was, of course, Barack Obama
. In contrast to the pair on the undercard slugging it out, the president’s limp performance the other night was even more inexplicable and inexcusable,” Dowd
stated that “ It’s hard to imagine a politician getting penalized for smiling too much, but Joe Biden managed it, breaking out in smiles and laughter 92 times by the count of ABC News.”
However, Dowd believes that Biden
a second chance because “he offered a tour de force on facts that brought the playing field to life again.”Dowd
stated Ryan looked nervous at times.
“Ryan, who was a toddler when Biden first came to the Senate, seemed a little green and shaky at moments ... talking budget blarney, the Tea Party’s boy wonder once more proved that he can come up with a number for any purpose.”
She stated Biden’
s biggest and strangest moment was when he “went on a one-minute scream-of-consciousness about the 47 percent cited by Romney as moochers, the 30 percent cited by Ryan as takers, Scranton, his parents, the Buffett rule, Social Security, veterans, the 47 percent again, Grover Norquist, the middle class, a fair shot, Wall Street vs. Main street, and $500 billion in additional tax cuts for 120,000 wealthy families. Practically in one breath. Whew.”
Like the rest of us Dowd
will be watching Obama’s
performance on Tuesday night very closely.
It is “Perils of Pauline” time. Has Biden thrown him a lifeline? Can the president clutch it? Tune in on Tuesday!