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The Vice Presidential Debate

Killer Joe meets Raging Ryan at the Vice Presidential Debate.

The fight scene between Killer Joe and Raging Ryan has played itself out in
my brain for the past several days.

Joe, pointing his index finger at the object of his scorn.  Ryan, a
quizzical expression, the bubble above his head
asking 'WHAT'?  The wolf whistles and cat calls coming from Ryan's groupies
in the back row disrupting the debate, "Ripple your abs Ryan -- take off your shirt -- show us your muscles!"

The Bluegrass Countdown from Danville, Kentucky is the only Vice
Presidential debate scheduled
in this campaign cycle.  It pits long-time favorite (ex-Senator) Vice
President Joe Biden against upstart Congressman
Paul Ryan.

Dear Joe, We have been with you every step of your long, proud career.  We
were with you in terrible times of crisis as
when your darling wife and baby daughter died in that car crash.  We rooted
for your two young sons during their
recovery from that tragic accident.  We applauded your hair plugs (we even
named them after the flying reindeer...
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen).  We
smiled at your image as the sprouts began
to spring upward -- showing us your new hair.  We loved it when you found
happiness with Dr. Jill and married her.
We watched and prayed when you were taken ill and given the last rights. 
We encouraged you when you ran for
President because we've always believed in you.  We've respected your
long and dedicated years of service.
The moderator of this debate is the highly respected Martha Raddatz, senior
foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News.
Many cried, 'FOUL' when it was disclosed that President Obama had been a
guest at the Raddatz wedding when she
married the President's classmate from Harvard Law School.  Nobody in
either campaign camp raised objections to
Raddatz because they know what a rare treasure she is among today's
tarnished media.  If you're going to question
the background and credentials of media you might want to start with the fact that our Ambassador to the United Nations,
Susan Rice, is married to Ian Cameron, producer of ABC's 'This Week With
George Stephanopoulos'.

In any case, the debate had a combative tone.  Both men made strong points
-- Biden scored big on foreign policy while
Ryan's strength came from his criticism of President Obama's
policies citing a 'string of broken promises' and "speeches
instead of leadership."

Vice President Joe Biden hammered away at Romney's open-mike remark about
the '47 percent' to which Ryan remarked,
"Joe, you know that sometimes things come out of your mouth the wrong way". Personally, I would have said that Biden won
the debate but after watching him for 90 minutes being a cranky, old man --
smirking, laughing, mugging, smiling and sneering
during Paul Ryan's answers I thought he was rude and distracting.  He came
off as condescending and disrespectful.  Sorry to
say, I think it's Bedtime for Biden.

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Bob Blanchard October 15, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Illona, Sounds like a wonderful, satisfying experience. It always helps the personal satisfaction level when you know that your talents have helped important people.
Ilona Saari October 15, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Yes, it was - thanks for asking.. I loved working in politics over the years - started out as a volunteer for Sen. Keating back in the day and worked for other GOPers (Lindsay when he was a Repub. and Dem., Lowell Weiker, Rockefeller) as well as Democrats back then.
Irene DeBlasio October 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Ilona, I worked on the first John v. Lindsay for Mayor of New York Campaign. He was a Liberal Republican back then. I remember a great victory luncheon at Gracie Mansion. It was there that I met William F. Buckley, who was the guest of honor (he had bowed out of the race). My proudest moment was joining John and Mary on their first bicycle ride through Central Park the first Sunday it was closed to vehicular traffic. John, Mary and Bill Buckley were probably the most elegant, best educated people in the world. Buckley was fluent in three languages, Latin being one. They don't make them like that anymore.
Ilona Saari October 16, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I was there, too... I wonder if we met. Love Buckley's campaign when he said he wanted to rebuild the subway els and that if he won, he'd demand a recount. Loved Lindsay - he hired me again when he ran as a Dem.
Irene DeBlasio October 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I sat with Dolly Hirshfeld and was so embarrassed because she brought a gift for the Lindsays and I had not. It was a BIG picture book of Al Hirshfeld's caricatures with his autograph. Mary and I tried to pick out all the 'Ninas' on each page. Sadly, there was no way John could have won a Presidential campaign because he was not well known around the country as was Nelson Rockefeller.

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