"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Solid Assessment from Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt had the same reaction I did about the VP debate last night:

The left is cheering Joe Biden's meltdown, which is itself an indication of how far it has lost its bearings.

A solid majority of American's will view the Vice President's debate performance as at best rude, at worst disturbing. Brit Hume's summary --"a cranky old man"-- is already being amplified across all networks except MSNBC, and the damage to the Demcoatic ticket is not merely the lost opportunity to arrest the president's free fall in the polls but also in the hit on the ticket's now vanished "likeability" advantage.

When the substantive examination begins, it will focus on the Veep's two astonishing claims: (1) that the Administration did not have warnings about the security situation in Libya and (2) that Iran's nuclear program is not a problem in the near term because it doesn't have a delivery system.  Both are bizarre and unsupported assertions, and when the wildly off-putting anctics are added in, a very bad night for the Democrats.  Again.

Congressman Ryan turned in a sober, reassuring and detailed performance, winning new fans and solidifying his ticket's lead, which is growing.

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