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    Joe Biden may not be the epitome of formal eloquence, or perhaps the world’s most accomplished verbal wordsmith, but the man's ability to understand his audience, and connect with them on a deeply emotional level is unmatched by any other American politician currently on the national scene.

    Last night, Biden demonstrated that he understood that Democrats and progressives were dispirited.  We desperately needed to see a gutsy fighter.  He knew that we needed to see someone willing to stand up and call “malarkey” for every lie and slippery evasion that Paul Ryan would utter on behalf of his pal Mitt and the GOP.  He knew that he had to fiercely defend and advance the idea of the American nation striving for economic and social justice, a place where Americans are in it together and not on their own, by defending the progressive programs that are the great legacies of both the New Deal and the Great Society.

    Last night, through Joe Biden’s words and emotion, we could hear the echo of FDR welcoming the hatred of his plutocratic enemies in 1936, Truman rallying the nation against the GOP reactionaries in 1948, and JFK advocating for equality for all Americans  regardless of the color of their skin in 1963.

    I don’t give a damn what Republicans think of Biden’s performance last night.  They are generally a lost cause, anyway, and yes, we of course hope and trust that he was able to convince some of the independent voters out there to swing back from Romney to President Obama.

    However, what was really needed, what we progressives really needed, was to see Biden give the GOP hell.  We needed to see that all of the progressive ideas and programs of the last 75 years actually mean something and are worth fighting for with all the passion and strength we can muster.

    Biden not only gave Ayn Rand disciple Paul Ryan hell, he served it to him on a platter and made him like it.

    It was an outstanding performance.

    Republicans underestimate Joe Biden at their peril.    

    These Republican gluttons of priviledge are cold men ... They want a return of the Wall Street economic dictatorship -- Harry Truman

    by Laborguy on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 03:28:31 PM PDT

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