NY-23: Biden Backs Owens, Slams Limbaugh and Palin

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Monday, November 02, 2009 at 11:26 am

WATERTOWN, N.Y. – Rallying support for Democratic congressional candidate Bill Owens before Tuesday’s special election in NY-23, Vice President Joe Biden today told a mostly full room at the North Side Improvement League to “teach a lesson” to right-wing activists. Ideological activists, said Biden, forced Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava out of the race because they couldn’t brook “dissent with their neoconservative views.”

“Take Bill’s opponent,” said Biden, referring to Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. “I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but imagine him being able, if he won this election, to take issue with any position that Rush Limbaugh has.” Biden said that the idea of letting “Rush Limbaugh hand-pick” the successor to John McHugh, the Republican congressman who became the Obama administration’s secretary of the army, was unbelievable.

Biden’s speech veered between reminiscing about his college days in Syracuse, N.Y., and bemused attacks on conservative leaders like former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and Sarah Palin, who’d backed Hoffman.

“The fact of the matter is, Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy is ‘drill, baby, drill,’” said Biden. “It’s a lot more complicated, Sarah!”

After some loud laughter at Palin’s name, Biden dialed down that rhetoric and went after The Wall Street Journal, asking whether Hoffman would go along with the laissez-faire policies of its editorial page. “I wonder what Bill’s opponent would have done when we extended unemployment insurance,” he said. “I ask you, when you pick up the paper, to ask yourself — what would Bill’s opponent do about that?”

Biden sounded almost plaintive when he told the crowd that Hoffman’s backers were “the people who created this mess” with deregulation and free-market economics. He explicitly asked moderate Republicans to follow Scozzafava’s lead and back Owens — and he singled out Scozzafava’s husband, Ron McDougall, who was present at the rally.

“I know what all these guys are against,” said Biden, taking another swing at Hoffman and his backers. “I don’t know what they’re for.”

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[...] Dave Weigel of the Washington Independent notes, Biden also took shots at Sarah Palin, whose Oct. 22 endorsement of Hoffman seems to have turned [...]


24AheadDotCom
Comment posted November 2, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

You know what would be funny? If, while he's up there, Weigel asked Hoffman these questions. Getting “good” answers from him on those could cause his support to drop, but at the same time Mr. Soros might not like the topic of the questions. So, it's probably best to check with Soros first.


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[...] reporters at the Biden event — including Dave Weigel of the Washington Independent — struggle to keep pace with the brilliant blues riffs of “Johnny Lightning” [...]


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[...] campaigning for democrat/communist candidate Bill Owens in front of a reportedly sparse crowd, Biden took a swing at Rush Limbaugh (naturally) and Sarah Palin He went at Sarah especially on energy: “The fact [...]


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[...] campaigning for democrat/communist candidate Bill Owens in front of a reportedly sparse crowd, Biden took a swing at Rush Limbaugh (naturally) and Sarah Palin He went at Sarah especially on energy: “The fact [...]


chrisjay
Comment posted November 3, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

24head, your Soros obsession seems downright quaint in this era of Birther conspiracies and Tourettes-afflicted congressmen like Joe Wilson.


chrisjay
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 3:22 am

24head, your Soros obsession seems downright quaint in this era of Birther conspiracies and Tourettes-afflicted congressmen like Joe Wilson.


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