Skip to comments.Paul Ryan taps Ted Olson to play Biden in debate prep
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 months debate.
Olson is best known as the top Republican attorney who, along with New York attorney David Boies, led the legal battle against Californias 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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My 3 year old could have prepared him for Biden but she has preschool
Wow, he should have just picked Pee Wee Herman.
An empty chair will do just fine.
Yogi Berra was unavailable.
Uhhhh...Ted Olson is pro-gay marriage and has kind of turned liberal...
Paul Ryan, I hope you’re not being fleeced.
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.
if i was picked i would be insulted.
that someone would think that i am as stupid as biden.
LOL! I was going to post, “I guess Clarabelle wasn’t available.” You beat me to it.
I suppose with enough booze and drugs you could get Ted Olsen on the same intellectual level as Biden.
Ted Olsen? Ted Baxter maybe.
Biden is really in trouble now!
“Paul Ryan taps Ted Olson to play Biden in debate prep”
Clarabell isn’t available? “Honk! Honk!”
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...
You would still have to give Ted Baxter a significant amount of booze and drugs to get him to Biden’s level.
Oh, you have SO dated yourself!
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.
“Oh, you have SO dated yourself!”
I admit it! But am I wrong?
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.
If I said no, I’d be dating MYSELF!
And that I refuse to do!
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...
He’s had a lot of experience playing a lying blowhard, so he’s got that down.
Have you heard the expression, `Half of success in life is just showing up’?
This a good example.
More like debate derp.
Now why would you go and insult the great Yogi Berra like that?
He meant to say Togi Bear, since Biden is about as smart as a cartoon character.
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.
Ted Olson knows how to be a liberal.
He should use an empty stool........
Paul Ryan, I hope youre not being fleeced.”
I know Barbara Olson was very conservative, but you're right about Ted.
Plus he is overrated.
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.
I liked Ted better before he become a coddler of the gays.
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
This is most troubling.
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!
You sure they didn’t say “Ted Baxter”? Ted Olsen can speak without getting tongue tied or making a major gaffe.
An ominous association.
Et tu Paul Ryan?
Paul Ryan, I hope youre 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.
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.
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.
Couldn’t they find a manikin??? They have hollow heads, it would work fine.