I say "Joe Biden," you say . . . . Joke? Gaffe machine? Not Chuck Todd. In his pre-game commentary for tonight's debate, the NBC political director claimed that, as with Cheney versus Edwards and Bentsen versus Quayle, Biden—matched up against Paul Ryan—has "gravitas" going for him. View the video after the jump, along with a list of some of Grandpa Gravitas's most famous gaffes.Note: speaking of gaffes, you might sayTodd had one of his own. Todd did acknowledge that Biden is prone to "hyperbole." Problem was, he pronounced it something like
Comments: Blah, blah, blah. Does gravitas mean the same thing as a political hack? Todd's pronunciation of "hyperbole" is hysterical. I'm sorry I missed that one.
When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'
Now, people when I say that look at me and say, 'What are you talking about, Joe? You're telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?'. The answer is yes, that's what I'm telling you.
I support immediate financial assistance to the newly elected Palestinian president. Now, I don't know what those numbers will be, and I don't know how it's going to be framed.
This is deadly earnest. How they can justify raising taxes on a middle class that has been buried the last four years? How in Lord's name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts?
A lead weight has more gravitas than Joe Biden. Maybe the "village" will be watching tonight so they can re-claim their idiot! Will you be watching in Delaware? PLEASE DO! However, no returns will be accepted.
I think Biden would do well if he had a record to support him. He is experienced, after all.
But even the best debater doesn't want to be stuck with a resolution where the warrants and contentions are so flimsy.
Biden's only hope is throwing Ryan off his game, through intellectually dishonest tactics. Hopefully those efforts will show up as the acts of desperation. Paul needs to keep his cool and speak to the country, not react to his opponent.
"Gravitas" probably just means "mean" to people like Todd. Biden fights mean, but he's also stupid, and stupid negates gravitas. As long as Ryan expects both things of Biden, he'll do fine. Dodge the mean, point out the stupid.
Is there a new scientific consensus forming around global cooling? That’s what environmentalist Lawrence Solomon writes in the Financial Post, citing the fact that solar activity is decreasing at the fastest rate as anytime in the last 10,000 years. “Now an increasing number of scientists are swinging back to the thinking of the 1960s and 1970s,” Solomon writes. “The global cooling hypothesis may have been right after all, they say. Earth may be entering a new Little Ice Age.” Solomon adds that Columbia University’s George Kukla — who warned the U.S. government about the dangers of global cooling in 1972 — postulated
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