By Tom Quiner
I didn’t have the stomach to watch much of the Democrat’s convention.
My liberal friends probably felt the same about the Republican convention. Touche!
I caught a little of Vice President Joe Biden’s speech. I couldn’t help but admire his rhetoric and delivery at the same time that I recoiled at his political philosophy and slipperiness with the facts.
I turned him off after ten minutes.
I’m not a big fan of Mr. Biden, and have been critical of him on this blog on several occasions. Wall Street Journal columnist, Peggy Noonan, had a different take:
“As for Joe Biden, I love him and will hear nothing against him. He’s like Democrats the way they used to be, and by that I do not mean idiotic, I mean normal—manipulative only to a normal degree, roughly aware of the facts of normal life, alert to and even respecting of such normal things as religious faith. I wish he did not insist on referring to his wife as “Dr. Jill Biden.” I’m sure she has many doctorates, but so do half the unemployed in Manhattan.”
Here’s where Noonan’s genius for insightful prose shines. Biden is normal and manipulative. Most honest Republicans will acknowledge that the GOP is no lightweight in the manipulation category either. But Noonan says so much of what happened at the Democrat’s show was not normal. It was extreme:
“The fight over including a single mention of God in the platform—that was extreme. The original removal of the single mention by the platform committee—extreme. The huge “No!” vote on restoring the mention of God, and including the administration’s own stand on Jerusalem—that wasn’t liberal, it was extreme. Comparing the Republicans to Nazis—extreme. The almost complete absence of a call to help education by facing down the powers that throw our least defended children under the school bus—this was extreme, not mainstream.”
Even more, Democrats want us all as taxpayers to pony up for abortions for the “needy.” Even more, they think same-sex marriage is hunky dory after voting against it during the Clinton years, the same Clinton who they called on to save Obama’s presidency.
Democrats have changed. They are extreme, so extreme, that Joe Biden looks halfway normal, at least according to Peggy Noonan.