Yesterday vice president-elect Joe Biden was released from the railcar of silence in which his boss Barack Obama has had him kept, lo these many weeks, so he could sit down with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos for an interview.
When asked why he hasn't resigned from the Senate yet (uh, he hasn't resigned from the Senate yet?), Uncle Joe let fly a bunch of malarkey about how his greatest achievement was being elected by the people of Delaware, not the people of non-Delaware America, so he wants to be sworn in again, for kicks.
GEORGE: But you're not going to stay on and try to preside…
BIDEN: No, no, no, no, no, absolutely not. I've already — if I haven't done it — to be honest with you, I think I've done it, but if I haven't done it, I've signed a letter, will sign a letter saying, notwithstanding the fact I'll be sworn in the first day, I have no intention of staying up until the day that I am sworn in as vice president. Secondly, I yield responsibility to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to John Kerry. No, I have, no.
To be precise, Joe Biden "yielded responsibility to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee" by pinky-swearing with John Kerry in the cafeteria.
They sealed the deal by giving Mitch McConnell a swirlie.
Tags: ABC, George Stephanopoulos, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Senate
So, that debate last night (full video and transcript here) was something, huh? It sure was a debate, wasn't it? There were, like, questions asked and answers answered sort of. And those moderators — Charles Gibson and George Snuffolupogus — they moderated the shit of of that moderation. Very exciting stuff. After that debate last night, I'm goddamned proud to be a goddamned American, goddamnit.
So, what were other people's reactions, I wonder?
"Wow. What the hell was that? Seriously, I'm a bit stunned. The level of discourse has reached a new low — a very new low. It was the worst debate ever. Gibson and Stephanopoulos were horrible. The questions were literally right out of right wing talk radio." (Joe Sudbay)
"In perhaps the most embarrassing performance by the media in a major presidential debate in years, ABC News hosts Charles Gibson and George Stephanopolous focused mainly on trivial issues as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama faced off in Philadelphia. They, and their network, should hang their collective heads in shame." (Greg Mitchell)
"Worst. Debate. Ever… there were times when tonight's debate ventured into territory so utterly asinine that I could scarcely believe what I was witnessing." (Jason Linkins)
"The loser was ABC News: one of the worst media performances I can remember — petty, shallow, process-obsessed, trivial where substantive, and utterly divorced from the actual issues that Americans want to talk about." (Andrew Sullivan)
"It was another step downward for network news — in particular ABC News, which hosted the debate from Philadelphia and whose usually dependable anchors, Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, turned in shoddy, despicable performances." (Tom Shales)
"Looking around other sites, I guess I'm not the only one that thought this debate was unmitigated travesty." (Josh Marshall)
I thought it sucked, too.
Tags: ABC, Barack Obama, Charlie Gibson, George Stephanopoulos, Hillary Clinton, Pennsylvania