Skip to comments.IBD Editorial: Truthless Joe
Posted on 10/03/2008 8:07:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Election '08: It's hard choosing the worst in last Thursday's vice presidential debate: Sen. Joe Biden's continual untruths, his certitude in delivering them, or the free pass he got all night long.
In "The Prince of Darkness," his memoir_of 50 years as a reporter in Washington, Robert Novak points out that while Jimmy Carter successfully ran for president by acting as "the anti-Washington, anti-government, anti-lawyer candidate telling audiences, 'I'll never lie to you' and setting post-Watergate standards of honesty," behind the smile Carter was actually "a habitual liar who modified the truth to suit his purposes."
But neither Carter nor Bill Clinton, whose twists and turns before a grand jury led to his impeachment, ever stared into the camera and spouted such a string of outright fabrications as if they were gospel truths the way Barack Obama's running mate did last week.
Thankfully, the blogosphere has been having a field day cataloguing Joe's whoppers. First, as InstaPundit's Michael Totten instantly noted after the debate, Bidenthe great, seasoned foreign policy expert who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committeefalsely claimed France and the U.S. "kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon."
Of course, the debate's moderator, Gwen Ifill of PBS' "Washington Week," didn't call Biden on the gaffe; that might not be good for sales of her upcoming book, "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama" (especially if there turns out not to be an Age of Obama).
There was also Biden's accusation that John McCain is soft on regulation, when in fact he tried to beef up regulations on Fannie Mae and Freddie Macan explanation for why he got so little campaign money from Fannie and Freddie over the yearsunder $22,000as opposed to the more than $126,000 Obama received in his short time in the Senate.
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IBD is probably the best newspaper in the country with excellent editorials. Mostly business stuff but A1.
IBD has well surpassed the WSJ in my eyes.
I agree. Best Newspaper and best cartoonist (hey, you have to set your priorities. Michael Ramirez is great though)...
The return of fuzzy math?
I can't remember the exact words, but in response to criticism that he had said no coal fired plants in the US, he said something like “That was just something I said on a rope line”.
Hey, guys. That is exactly what Governor Palin meant when she said she says the same thing no matter where she is.
An Honorable person is just as accurate whether he is looking into a TV camera with millions watching or whether he is talking to one person on a rope line.
UPDATED ON FRIDAY: OK, here’s the deal, last night Biden did mention Katie’s restaurant and Union Street.
But I checked The News Journal archives this morning and, well, don’t plan on trying to find it on Union Street anytime soon. And I wonder if the Katie’s today, which is now actually Wings to Go at Katies, is the same Katie’s that Joe remembers.....
Katie’s was at the corner of Sixth and Scott streets in Wilmington’s Little Italy neighborhood. (Not Union Street.) It had been a local and much-loved institution, well known for its rich, thick Italian gravy (tomato sauce) and spaghetti. It was opened in 1936 by Silvio Spiezio, who later sold it in 1945. The Fugilino family owned and ran the restaurant for years until it was sold in the 1981 after Frances Mae Fugilino’s death.
Katie’s then changed hands again in 1985, but new owners kept the venerable name.
But it eventually changed hands again - at least 10 years ago, maybe even more like 15 years ago (SEE UPDATE BELOW) - and was renamed C.J. Bart’s, which according to features reporter Ryan Cormier in a May 2008 News Journal story became “ a spot with an unsavory reputation as a magnet for panhandlers and worse.”
Cormier reported that Nate Johnson, owner of the Wilmington and Dewey Beach Wings to Go restaurants, recently took over CJ Bart’s and renamed it Wings to Go at Katies “as an homage to its former residents.
(Photo above was taken in May 2008 by News Journal photographer William Bretzger of the crowd hanging at the new “Wings to Go at Katies.”)
“The first thing we did is clear out the riffraff. If you come in my restaurant, you’re not going to be bothered by people asking you for change or to buy them a beer,” Johnson told The News Journal “You’re protected in there. It is nothing like C.J. Barts. That place is dead and gone forever.”
***NEW UPDATE: Ryan Cormier just spoke to Johnson and he said that Katie’s closed in the 1980s.
Here’s a link to Ryan’s blog with photos he shot this morning of a faded Katie’s sign.
Not only is Wings to Go at Katies a franchise of the local chicken-wings favorite, but there’s a full bar, video games and a spot for bands to play.”
“We’ve always been looking for a spot to do wings and beer, since they go so naturally together,” said Johnson.
According to Cormier, “the sounds of jamming rock bands now fill the air surrounding the bar Wednesday through Saturday nights. Sometimes, blues bands make an appearance as well.”
Maybe Biden did mean to mention the Kozy Korner, which is on Union Street? Or perhaps, he should have given a shout-out to Mrs. Robino’s or Walter’s Steakhouse, two Union Street restaurant institutions?
Why isn’t the MSM reporting this? Or did they today? I was away from home most of the day.
I’ve been an IBD subscriber for over 15 years. There are no better editorials in any paper in the US. Bill O’Neil is really an unsung hero of American exceptionalism and a leading defender of freedom. He has been calling out Bambi since the beginning. There was a great editorial about Bambi’s communist father and how he tried to screw up Kenya. Another great section of the paper is “Leaders and Success” which looks at great sports, business, science, political and military thinkers. The site is great and always worth a look.
How bout this quote from the full editorial, “Geraghty also found that ‘Katie’s Restaurant’ in Wilmington, Del., where good old Joe invited anyone to have a beer with him, apparently hasn’t been around for decades. Maybe the senator was too busy conferring with imaginary French liberators of Lebanon to visit his constituency.”
Because they are the MSM.
What has not been mentioned is that Joe has been claiming that his family was killed by a man "who chose to drink his lunch that day".
This is an outrageous lie that was proven wrong the day of the accident by the police, yet grieving Joe has inflicted this lie on the family of that truck driver for 30 plus years.
He is a despicable narcissist who doesn't care who he hurts as long as it benefits him.
And the despicable left claims that Sarah uses Trig as a prop?!?
WASHINGTON TIMES.com: "FBI INVESTIGATES OBAMA'S FRIEND" by Andrea Billups (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "(Editor's note: The original version of this article has been corrected. The office of Larry D. Walsh was not raided.) The FBI is investigating a former Illinois state senator who is a poker-playing buddy of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.") (October 3, 2008)
The only thing I have against Palin in the debate is that there were so many places where she could have handed Biden his liver.
Recent scuttlebutt says that this financial crisis was timed to make the Republican's look bad so that the Democrats can win big in November. I now think, however, that the crisis was a huge surprise for the Democrats. They have been collecting big payoffs so that they could sweep the whole thing under the rug after the election. With a month to go before the election, even this week's passage of the bailout bill may not be able to accomplish the cover-up.
I’m beginning to agree. The WSJ now has a new far lefty on the OpEd page replacing the departed Al Hunt. Hunt long overstayed his welcome and I was very happy to see him go. I can’t believe they hired another far left columnist.
IBD has been running an outstanding multipart series called “The Audacity of Socialism.” Well worth reading. I’ve only read a couple of the 17 part series and need to look up the other columns.
Yes, and Obama is a risky scheme.
In August she was minding her own business, and that of the state of Alaska. Considering what she’s had to do (including pulling McCain’s bacon out of the fire - twice) in the last 35 days, I think she did well to hand a complete Washington insider his tonsils.