Joe Biden, the Gaffe-anator

October 4, 2008 · Filed Under Debates, Gaffe, Joe Biden ·  

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Joe Biden was pretty disciplined and stuck to the talking points at the Vice Presidential debates.

Well, Biden did tell 14 or so lies about policy, as well as recently hanging out at a restaurant that closed in the 1980s.

But he exceeded expectations, I suppose, since he didn’t give any of his famous gaffe soundbites.

Sarah Palin Debates Joe Biden

October 3, 2008 · Filed Under Debates, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin ·  

This episode of Red Hat Blue Hat covers the Vice Presidential debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, economic bail out, nearly $1 billion in pork from Barack Obama, and the FDIC insurance increase to help small businesses.

We also touched on Obama’s association with ACORN, early voting in Ohio, Gwen Ifill as debate moderator, and the Sarah Palin book.

Finally, there was some talk of Nancy Pelosi and her future in the Democratic Party, the role of William Ayers in the election, why we both voted for Bill Clinton in 1992, and the slant at YouTube.

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Joe Biden Eats His Words at Katie’s Restaurant in Wilmington

October 3, 2008 · Filed Under Debates, Ethics, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin ·  

Last night during the Vice Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, Senator Biden made a comment about finding out what the folks on Main Street think:

“Look, all you have to do is go down Union Street with me in Wilmington or go to Katie’s Restaurant or walk into Home Depot with me where I spend a lot of time and you ask anybody in there whether or not the economic and foreign policy of this administration has made them better off in the last eight years.”

It turns out that Katie’s Italian restaurant in Wilmington closed down in the 1980’s, according to

Not only does Joe Biden have to go in a time machine to get his tasty Italian at Katie’s, but he needs help with the address.

The location, now a Wings To Go restaurant, is at Sixth and Scott Street.

If Biden can lie about the silly stuff with such ease, it concerns me about what he says and promises for the real issues.

Listen to a call from radio host Curtis Sliwa to a longtime resident of Wilmington about Katie’s Italian restaurant.

The Barack Obama Drinking Game

October 2, 2008 · Filed Under Debates ·  

If you watched the first Presidential debate, you may have noticed that Obama tends to say “uh” rather often.

Well, the folks over at have created a drinking game based on Obama’s responses during the debate.

Karl Ushanka tried to keep up, but was knocked down for the count with 7 “uh’s” in 19 seconds.

Vice Presidential Debate Moderator a Big Obama Fan

October 1, 2008 · Filed Under Debates, Joe Biden, News ·  

The moderator of Thursday’s vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin has a horse in the race.

Gwen Ifill, of the PBS program, “Washington Week” is scheduled to moderate the debate, and she just so happens to have a book coming out called “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” according to WorldNetDaily.

The book is described on Amazon as follows…

In THE BREAKTHROUGH, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s stunning presidential campaign and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power.

But, of course, Gwen Ifill is objective. She just happens to be in the Obama Fan Club and her book is coming out on Inauguration Day.

In terms of sales for her book, I’d imagine a victory by Barack Obama would be more beneficial than if John McCain were to win.

I think she should step aside, so we can have a moderator with no stake in the outcome of the election.

Henry Kissinger: Obama Was Wrong

September 29, 2008 · Filed Under Debates, Foreign Policy, Iran, John McCain ·  

Back on July 23, 2007 during a debate of Democratic primary contenders in Charleston, SC. Obama was asked…

Question: “Would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?”…

Obama: “I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them — which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration - is ridiculous.”

This ended up being a point of contention at the recent Presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama.

In support of his position, Obama claimed that one of John McCain’s advisers, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, held the same view that the U.S. president should meet with Iran’s president and other rogue dictators without preconditions.

McCain and Obama argued over Henry Kissinger’s opinion, which was later cleared up by Mr. Kissinger himself, according to CNN:

“Sen. McCain is right. I would not recommend the next president of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the presidential level.

My views on this issue are entirely compatible with the views of my friend Sen. John McCain. We do not agree on everything, but we do agree that any negotiations with Iran must be geared to reality.”

I’m sure the Barack Obama Truth Squad will be all over clearing this up.

Barack Obama at the first Presidential Debate

September 27, 2008 · Filed Under Debates, John McCain ·  

The first Presidential debate was interesting in both what Obama said and didn’t say.

It had to be 7 or 8 times that his retort to Senator McCain was that McCain was correct.

While Obama was right in these instances, he didn’t seem to have much depth. Especially after McCain went on for a while about issues regarding Russia. Obama essentially said, “me too.”

The Debate is On

September 26, 2008 · Filed Under Debates, John McCain ·  

While the work in Washington is at something of a standstill for the financial crisis, John McCain has announced that he will travel to Mississippi for the debate this evening and then return to Washington to continue working.

Here is a statement from the McCain campaign that was released at 11:20am ET today:

John McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign was made in the hopes that politics could be set aside to address our economic crisis.

In response, Americans saw a familiar spectacle in Washington. At a moment of crisis that threatened the economic security of American families, Washington played the blame game rather than work together to find a solution that would avert a collapse of financial markets without squandering hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ money to bailout bankers and brokers who bet their fortunes on unsafe lending practices.

Both parties in both houses of Congress and the administration needed to come together to find a solution that would deserve the trust of the American people. And while there were attempts to do that, much of yesterday was spent fighting over who would get the credit for a deal and who would get the blame for failure. There was no deal or offer yesterday that had a majority of support in Congress. There was no deal yesterday that included adequate protections for the taxpayers. It is not enough to cut deals behind closed doors and then try to force it on the rest of Congress — especially when it amounts to thousands of dollars for every American family.

The difference between Barack Obama and John McCain was apparent during the White House meeting yesterday, where Barack Obama’s priority was political posturing in his opening monologue defending the package as it stands. John McCain listened to all sides so he could help focus the debate on finding a bipartisan resolution that is in the interest of taxpayers and homeowners. The Democratic interests stood together in opposition to an agreement that would accommodate additional taxpayer protections.

Senator McCain has spent the morning talking to members of the administration, members of the Senate, and members of the House. He is optimistic that there has been significant progress toward a bipartisan agreement now that there is a framework for all parties to be represented in negotiations, including Representative Blunt as a designated negotiator for House Republicans. The McCain campaign is resuming all activities and the senator will travel to the debate this afternoon. Following the debate, he will return to Washington to ensure that all voices and interests are represented in the final agreement, especially those of taxpayers and homeowners.

In related news, Barack Obama was busy hanging out at the gym this morning.

John McCain Suspends Presidential Campaign

September 24, 2008 · Filed Under Debates, Economy, John McCain ·  

John McCain has suspended his campaign and wishes to delay debate scheduled for this Friday to focus on the economy.

Senator McCain has asked Barack Obama to join him to work on resolving the financial crisis.

Here is the announcement McCain just made at 3:05 PM ET:

America this week faces an historic crisis in our financial system. We must pass legislation to address this crisis. If we do not, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our economy. People will no longer be able to buy homes and their life savings will be at stake. Businesses will not have enough money to pay their employees. If we do not act, ever corner of our country will be impacted. We cannot allow this to happen.

Last Friday, I laid out my proposal and I have since discussed my priorities and concerns with the bill the Administration has put forward. Senator Obama has expressed his priorities and concerns.This morning, I met with a group of economic advisers to talk about the proposal on the table and the steps that we should take going forward. I have also spoken with members of Congress to hear their perspective.

It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the Administration’ proposal. I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time.

Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative. I have spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have asked him to join me.

I am calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself. It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.

We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved.I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night’s debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.

I am confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets, protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the American people. All we must do to achieve this is temporarily set politics aside, and I am committed to doing so.

Following September 11th, our national leaders came together at a time of crisis. We must show that kind of patriotism now. Americans across our country lament the fact that partisan divisions in Washington have prevented us from addressing our national challenges. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country.

I was really looking forward to the debate, but this is definitely an issue of greater gravity.

Sarah Palin at the Alaskan Republican Roundtable Debate in 2006

September 10, 2008 · Filed Under Debates, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin ·  

Back in 2006, there was an Alaskan Republican Roundtable debate involving some of the Republican candidates for governor: Sarah Palin, then-Governor Frank Murkowski, and former Alaska State Senator John Binkley.

The video runs nearly an hour, and as you can see, Binkley and Murkowski attempted to make it a two-way debate.

However, Sarah Palin was having none of that, and as we all know, she went on to win the primary and general election to become Governor of Alaska.

For those who think she won’t be able to hold up to Joe Biden, this video gives a look at her fabric and what he can expect.