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Paul Ryan taps Ted Olson to play Biden in debate prep
Washington Post ^ | 9/15/12 | Felicia Sonmez

Posted on 09/15/2012 5:34:21 PM PDT by Libloather

Paul Ryan taps Ted Olson to play Biden in debate prep
By Felicia Sonmez, Saturday, September 15, 10:31 AM
The Washington Post

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has tapped former U.S. solicitor general Ted Olson to play the role of Vice President Biden in preparations for next month’s debate.

Olson is best known as the top Republican attorney who, along with New York attorney David Boies, led the legal battle against California’s Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage. His first mock debate session with Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, came this past week.

Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck called Olson “one of the most skilled, intelligent and successful litigators in America — just the kind of opponent needed to prepare the congressman for Mr. Biden.”

“Joe Biden has been in elected office for more than 40 years,” Buck said in a statement. “There are few people in politics with more experience debating the issues than Joe Biden, so we are taking this process seriously.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biden; debate; olson; paulryan; ryan; tedolson
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"I'm supposedly an expert on foreign policy. Well, you know, an expert from where I come from is anyone from out of town with a briefcase. I do not have a briefcase."


1 posted on 09/15/2012 5:34:29 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

My 3 year old could have prepared him for Biden but she has preschool


2 posted on 09/15/2012 5:37:15 PM PDT by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: Libloather

Wow, he should have just picked Pee Wee Herman.


3 posted on 09/15/2012 5:37:47 PM PDT by dforest
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To: dforest

An empty chair will do just fine.


4 posted on 09/15/2012 5:39:18 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Libloather
A better choice:


5 posted on 09/15/2012 5:40:03 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm not voting for Obama, so therefore I must be helping Romney!)
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To: Libloather

Yogi Berra was unavailable.


6 posted on 09/15/2012 5:40:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Libloather

Uhhhh...Ted Olson is pro-gay marriage and has kind of turned liberal...

Paul Ryan, I hope you’re not being fleeced.


7 posted on 09/15/2012 5:41:37 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Libloather

So I have finally found a job I would fail at.

There is NFW I would be able to joe biden with a straight face.


8 posted on 09/15/2012 5:42:14 PM PDT by onona (This space for rent....cheep)
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To: Libloather

if i was picked i would be insulted.

that someone would think that i am as stupid as biden.

blessings, bobo


9 posted on 09/15/2012 5:42:14 PM PDT by bobo1
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To: COBOL2Java

LOL! I was going to post, “I guess Clarabelle wasn’t available.” You beat me to it.


10 posted on 09/15/2012 5:44:11 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Libloather

I suppose with enough booze and drugs you could get Ted Olsen on the same intellectual level as Biden.


11 posted on 09/15/2012 5:49:27 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Ignorance is bliss- I'm stoked)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Ted Olsen? Ted Baxter maybe.


12 posted on 09/15/2012 5:52:02 PM PDT by grandpa jones (obama delenda est)
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To: Libloather

Biden is really in trouble now!


13 posted on 09/15/2012 5:52:10 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: Libloather

“Paul Ryan taps Ted Olson to play Biden in debate prep”

Clarabell isn’t available? “Honk! Honk!”


14 posted on 09/15/2012 5:54:22 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Libloather

Ryan is wise not to under estimate Biden....I’m sure when he is sobered up and on his game... He can be a tough nut to crack....

Nobody becomes VP of the USA by accident....Biden may act like a fool but he isn’t one...


15 posted on 09/15/2012 5:55:05 PM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: grandpa jones

You would still have to give Ted Baxter a significant amount of booze and drugs to get him to Biden’s level.


16 posted on 09/15/2012 5:55:48 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Ignorance is bliss- I'm stoked)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Oh, you have SO dated yourself!


17 posted on 09/15/2012 6:01:51 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: Libloather
Un f**king believable! Has the the P90X gone to his head?

That is the mental equivalent of bench pressing a Kia Sorento to train for the weightlifting championships!

Paul Ryan spars with Superman (who quits after 2 rounds because Ryan hits too hard) for warm up, does Krav Maga with Plastic Man (taps him out) and turned down advances from Wonder Woman (because he loves his wife).

I'll vote for Ryan, even though Romney is on the ticket.

/h

18 posted on 09/15/2012 6:03:50 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: matginzac

“Oh, you have SO dated yourself!”

I admit it! But am I wrong?


19 posted on 09/15/2012 6:10:19 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Libloather

I don’t think Ted Olsen is dumb enough to imitate Biden very well.

Ryan should have tried to get someone as stupid as Biden - Michelle Obama would be a good fit.


20 posted on 09/15/2012 6:11:33 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

If I said no, I’d be dating MYSELF!
And that I refuse to do!


21 posted on 09/15/2012 6:14:38 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: Popman
Ryan is wise not to under estimate Biden....I’m sure when he is sobered up and on his game... He can be a tough nut to crack....
Nobody becomes VP of the USA by accident....Biden may act like a fool but he isn’t one...


Biden is likely to come out swinging and using all of his experience just like Muhammad Ali did in September '78 when he took the title BACK from Leon Spinks. Many people thought Ali was past the point of being able to pull it off, but he went 15 rounds and won the decision and gave ol' Leon a boxing lesson along the way.

Paul Ryan should absolutely not underestimate Biden, you are 100 percent correct Popman.
22 posted on 09/15/2012 6:17:56 PM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in America's panties, 0bama is the yellow stain in front!)
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To: Libloather

Biden is more sad attempts at humor than substance.... Kick him in the giggles up front Ryan. Tell him to save the silly sh*t for later on Leno & Letterman...

My opinion.


23 posted on 09/15/2012 6:20:41 PM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: grandpa jones

Lol


24 posted on 09/15/2012 6:20:49 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Popman

He’s had a lot of experience playing a lying blowhard, so he’s got that down.


25 posted on 09/15/2012 6:24:23 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Libloather
Joe Biden couldn't win a debate against the village idiot of Leipsic, Delaware. On second thought, I believe he is the village idiot of Leipsic, Delaware!
26 posted on 09/15/2012 6:30:12 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Libloather

Have you heard the expression, `Half of success in life is just showing up’?
This a good example.


27 posted on 09/15/2012 6:31:44 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Libloather
Where on earth did Ryan come up with the dubious former conservative pretender Ted Olsen?


28 posted on 09/15/2012 6:32:12 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Libloather
DEBATE PERP PREP

"... and then I'm gonna ask him to spell potatoe."

29 posted on 09/15/2012 6:32:29 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Slyfox

More like debate derp.


30 posted on 09/15/2012 6:34:02 PM PDT by RichInOC (Joe Biden walks into a bar...and wakes up in the hospital with a concussion.)
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To: cripplecreek
Yogi Berra was unavailable.

Now why would you go and insult the great Yogi Berra like that?

31 posted on 09/15/2012 6:34:25 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator

He meant to say Togi Bear, since Biden is about as smart as a cartoon character.


32 posted on 09/15/2012 6:37:14 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MayflowerMadam

LOL!

Ryan is definitely over prepping for what he’s actually going to face, but this is really directed at the press.

Ryan is hyper-intelligent and well-spoken and he’s facing an ignorant idiot who is so far beneath him that Ryan probably feels sorry for him.

Biden is dumb as a post and so is his boss, but the press is going to turn anything Ryan says against him. I think this is the thing that Ryan is trying to ready himself for. If Ryan destroys Biden - which he could do with both hands tied behind him - he’ll be portrayed as evil and mean to the elderly. But if he’s too polite, he’ll look weak.

It is well known that Americans are lovers of the underdog and haters of well-spoken achievers, especially those (like Ryan) from a modest background. Thus the popularity of Biden, who has been a useless political hack for most of his political life and now appears to be suffering early dementia.

I thought Bambi and Hillary were going to dump Biden but now I think they’re counting on the stupidity and elderly vote.


33 posted on 09/15/2012 6:40:48 PM PDT by livius
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To: Libloather

Ted Olson knows how to be a liberal.


34 posted on 09/15/2012 6:43:22 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: Libloather

He should use an empty stool........


35 posted on 09/15/2012 6:44:41 PM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: SoFloFreeper
“Uhhhh...Ted Olson is pro-gay marriage and has kind of turned liberal...

Paul Ryan, I hope you’re not being fleeced.”

I know Barbara Olson was very conservative, but you're right about Ted.

Plus he is overrated.

36 posted on 09/15/2012 6:45:37 PM PDT by FR_addict
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To: Popman

Ah, the voice of reason. The way many Freepers underestimate Bidden reminds me of the left’s view of Bush’s intellect. Not to mention, if Ryan is not careful he’d be seen as Mr. Know-it-all that generate sympathy to Bidden.


37 posted on 09/15/2012 6:49:45 PM PDT by paudio (Post-racial society: When we can legitimately hire and fire a Black man without feeling guilty.)
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To: Libloather

I liked Ted better before he become a coddler of the gays.


38 posted on 09/15/2012 6:53:56 PM PDT by Woodsman27
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To: paudio

The moderator will make sure 90% of the questions are on foreign policy or gay marriage and the like ...there might be 5 minutes on the economy ...that’s how they’ll work this one


39 posted on 09/15/2012 6:56:05 PM PDT by thestob (Vote or P. Diddy will kill you)
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To: Libloather
Ted Olson is a MAJOR, active, committed, pro-gay-marriage activist.

This is most troubling.

40 posted on 09/15/2012 7:05:26 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("You can observe a lot just by watchin'." - Yogi Berra)
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To: Libloather
I think this would have been a more accurate choice: Photobucket
41 posted on 09/15/2012 7:08:48 PM PDT by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (I AM ANDREW BREITBART)
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To: Libloather

Yes, Ted Olson is troubling, but not near as troubling; nay, make that as catastrophic as another four years of Obama. Anyone but Obama, ANYONE!


42 posted on 09/15/2012 7:09:13 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: Private_Sector_Does_It_Better
Never go full Biden Photobucket
43 posted on 09/15/2012 7:12:36 PM PDT by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (I AM ANDREW BREITBART)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
<> That's true ... He's changed. Ted does like the little "boys".
44 posted on 09/15/2012 7:16:50 PM PDT by glennaro
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To: Libloather

You sure they didn’t say “Ted Baxter”? Ted Olsen can speak without getting tongue tied or making a major gaffe.


45 posted on 09/15/2012 7:34:22 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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Uhhhh...Ted Olson is pro-gay marriage and has kind of turned liberal...

An ominous association.

Et tu Paul Ryan?

46 posted on 09/15/2012 7:39:53 PM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Uhhhh...Ted Olson is pro-gay marriage and has kind of turned liberal...

Paul Ryan, I hope you’re not being fleeced.

The the seemingly once conservative, now liberal Ted Olson is portraying liberal Joe Biden in debate prep.

Paul Ryan is not going to choose a conservative to play a liberal. He has to be able to debate libspeak. It seems like a bonus to me that Olson not only has seen both sides of the political landscape but argued before the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore.

47 posted on 09/15/2012 7:49:54 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Calusa
Uhhhh...Ted Olson is pro-gay marriage and has kind of turned liberal...

An ominous association.

Et tu Paul Ryan?

Please think about it before you start accusing. Is Joe Biden conservative? No. Will Paul Ryan be debating a conservative in the VP debate? No. Why would he choose a conservative to play a liberal in preparation for that debate? That would be stupid, and Paul Ryan is not stupid.

48 posted on 09/15/2012 7:53:54 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Popman

The goal is to INFLATE EXPECTATIONS of Biden’s debating prowess - he called himself a “foreign policy expert” earlier in the week.

It is in the R-R interest to raise expectations for both Obama and Biden in the debates as high as possible. Then, when they crash, the public is astonished at how bad they really were.


49 posted on 09/15/2012 7:53:59 PM PDT by mwl8787
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To: Libloather

Couldn’t they find a manikin??? They have hollow heads, it would work fine.


50 posted on 09/15/2012 8:52:03 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Who we elect is not as important as who they bring in with them.)
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