Posts tagged Joe Biden
As I mentioned last time, David Kopel, a professor at the University of Denver, was on the December 17th edition of The PBS Newshour. Regarding the assault weapons ban, he said the following:
Well, I think we can look at what happened when she had her 10-year in the past. The Congress, when it enacted that ban, also ordered that a formal study be done of the results of it.
The study was performed by the Urban Institute, a very well-respected, somewhat left-leaning think tank in Washington, D.C. The Urban Institute reported that it had no effect on homicide rates. There was no statistically significant benefit in terms of saving lives.
As I described in Part 1, the Urban Institute study reached no such conclusion. In any event, David Kopel was back on the January 16th edition of The PBS Newshour, during which he said the following:
Well, the Department of Justice conducted a study of the effectiveness of that ban, published it in 2004, after it had been in effect for nine years, and concluded it had done absolutely no good. No lives were saved. There weren’t fewer shots fired in shoot-outs with police officers or anything else. So it was — it’s a proven failure.
Once again, Kopel is claiming that the official studies concluded that the assault weapon ban did “absolutely no good”. (more…)
Tonight is the only Vice Presidential debate of the 2012 election, moderated by Martha Raddatz of ABC News. The venue is Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
The stakes for tonight’s contest were raised by President Obama’s performance in the first Presidential debate, which most pundits regarded as lackluster. Accordingly, the pre-debate posturing has begun.
The Daily Caller and Tucker Carlson have claimed that Raddatz has a conflict of interest because Barack Obama attended her 1991 wedding to Julius Genachowski. At the time, both Obama and Genachowski were Harvard law students. Raddatz and Genachowski were divorced in 1997, and Raddatz is now married to NPR correspondent Tom Gjelton.
The Democrats will try to cut off the Republican team’s momentum that they gained from the Denver Presidential debate. Biden’s extensive foreign policy experience and four years of intensive, on-the-job training as a valued advisor and assistant to Obama are his strengths.
On the Republican side, Ryan will try to close the deal. He has been in Congress 14 years, and has worked in public service his entire adult life (with the exception of a stint at the wheel of a Wienermobile). He now chairs the House Budget Committee and is the principal author of the Republican plan to cut the deficit, primarily by repealing Obamacare and replacing the current Medicare funding system with a voucher-based funding model. (more…)
Talk show day is upon us again. This week is, unsurprisingly, all about September 11, 2001…well, except for Bloomberg’s Political Capital. According to Politico, here’s the lineup for this week:
Meet the Press (NBC) — Special coverage of the anniversary.
This Week (ABC) — Broadcast from Ground Zero.
Face the Nation (CBS) — Also broadcasting from Ground Zero, with interviews of White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the former mayor, Rudy Giuliani.
State of the Union (CNN) — Broacasting live from…you guessed it…Ground Zero, with Vice President Joe Biden, former Bush White House chief of staff Andrew Card, former CIA Director Michael Hayden, and Rumsfeld.
Fox News Sunday — Brennan, Rumsfeld and Giuliani appear here with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT); and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI).
Newsmakers (CSPAN) — This show is preëmpted this week by CSPAN’s special coverage of the anniversary.
Political Capital (Bloomberg TV) — This is the only show not covering the story of the day. Instead, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) will talk about the congressional supercommittee charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit-reduction measures.
(From FOX NEWS) President Obama and Vice President Biden both used unusually tough language this week to describe their own supporters. In an interview with Rolling Stone released Tuesday, Obama accused many of being apathetic, self-defeating pessimists. “It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election,” he said. “The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining is just irresponsible.” Obama said progressives tend to see the glass “half-empty” and are applying that trademark bitterness toward the health care package because “it didn’t have every bell and whistle that we wanted” like a government-run insurance option. But he urged the base to “wake up,” recognize the legislation he’s signed on everything from health care to financial regulation to student loans and consider the alternative — Republican leadership that is “to the right” of former President George W. Bush.
The interview was released after Biden used similar terms to account for the enthusiasm gap in the party. At a campaign stop for New Hampshire Democratic candidates Monday, he urged Democrats to “stop whining.” In an interview with MSNBC, Biden also traced voter “anger” in the Democratic base to disappointment over the scope of the health care package. “Because there was no public option, some of them are so angry they say we’re not going to participate. They should stop that,” he said. “Those who don’t get … everything they wanted, it’s time to just buck up here.”
So, what do you think…is this effective? Is it wise? Will it serve the desired purpose, or be counter-productive? Opinions among lefty commentators seem to be all over the place. Surprisingly, though, the rank and file seems fairly united. Today Ed Schulz asked his viewers on the daily phone-in poll, “Was Obama right when he told Democrats to “buck up?” I waited all through the program to hear the answer…(not easy for me, because I find Ed’s voice to be like fingernails on a chalkboard.) I thought the breakdown from his far-left audience would be 50–50 at best, and more likely 70–30 against the President’s tough language.
The result, when it finally came… Yes…96%. No…4%.