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Democrats preemptively explain poor Biden debate
Straight talk, from straight faces
Friday, May 6, 2016, 11:13:UTC)(
8 October 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Members of the U.S. Democratic Party are "avoiding the last-minute rush" (as it inexplicably says on passport applications), and are already busy explaining away the poor debate performance by Vice President Joe Biden in his debate against Paul Ryan next Thursday.
Al Gore had blamed President Obama's poor debate performance on poor hydration combined with the high altitude in Denver. Poor hydration was a recurring excuse during Mr. Gore's career, notably causing him to be stuck in the lavatory as foreign Buddhists offered illegal campaign contributions to the Bill Clinton campaign. But altitude would seem to be off the table, as Thursday's Vice Presidential debate will be held in Kentucky, which is "putt-near" at sea level, ah reckun. It does have many corn fields, suggesting a Children of the Corn scenario of possession by evil spirits, a potentially useful rationalization of an impending brain fart by the Vice President, were it possible to distinguish that from Mr. Biden's noisome normal output. Were the debate only scheduled in Maine, the rabid St. Bernard Cujo would be available for duty as an excuse for poor debate performance.
One Vice Presidential debate is scheduled per election by the Federal Commission on Tedious Presidential Debates, even though the Vice Presidency is a totally ceremonial office and, as described in the UNCYCLOPEDIA article on Impeachment, always assigned to an utter microcephalic for the express purpose of dissuading everyone from thinking about anything untoward happening to the President. Mr. Biden, by all accounts, has been stellar in the role, from encouraging a wheelchair-bound citizen to "stand up and take a bow" to admitting last week that the Obama Administration is eager to execute a trillion-dollar tax increase. Challenger Ryan, on the other hand, is all but unqualified, not only doing actual budget work in the House of Representatives but serially boring the American electorate with tales of fiscal Armageddon through excessive borrowing—none of which, oddly, his party has prevented, on the two occasions it has had a chance to, out of a desire not to be ridiculed. In contrast, Sarah Palin has signaled to Republican party bosses that she is again available, if they would like someone to step forward, look fine, and not say anything substantial.
Presumably, the excuses used on Mr. Obama's debate against Mitt Romney are unavailable for reuse. Mr. Obama, of course, was separated from his TelePrompTer, whereas Mr. Romney, seeming to use a handkerchief, was surreptitiously reading crib notes of his own. However, all Mr. Biden's gaffes to date have been impromptu and unrelated to the absence of technology. This Monday was Columbus Day, but it won't be on the day of the debate, and even any hangover should have worn off by then.
Various Democrats in the field of impartial journalism have said that Mr. Obama's sub-par debate performance was deliberate. It decreased expectations regarding future debates and let Mr. Obama continue his re-election theme that he can't be held to his campaign promises because there was TARP, then Libya, then job-killing kiosks in airports, then the Japanese tsunami, then Libya again. Whatever happened to Mr. Obama in Denver, it proves nothing, except as Mr. Obama has said, that he isn't perfect all the time, especially when an electoral challenger lies about everything, such as tax cuts not inevitably causing tax increases.
Thursday's debate will be the first in American history to feature cheerleaders. This will be a relief, as no one really wants to watch secondary office-holders bandy around campaign slogans, and everyone likes cheerleaders. Crucially, however, it will let Mr. Biden explain away his imminent poor performance. Perhaps even beforehand.
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