…watch this ad. It’s devastating, capturing the disturbing (and disturbed) nature of Joe Biden’s odd behavior during last night’s debate:
Biden made me think of the Joker:
…[I]nterpretations and incarnations of the Joker have taken two forms. The original and currently dominant image is of a highly intelligent psychopath with a warped, sadistic sense of humor. The other interpretation of the character, popular in the late 1940s through 1960s comic books as well as the 1960s television series, is that of an eccentric but harmless prankster.
Biden’s laughter is derisive laughter, in keeping with the Obama campaign theme of contempt for the opposition. There is no actual humor in his guffawing, and his grin looks forced, as though he’s made a decision to laugh as a technique, perhaps to goad Ryan to anger. Most pundits agree the behavior was a way to rev up the base. But what does it say about the Democratic base if this is the sort of thing that gets its members’ juices flowing?
But it’s Clint Eastwood who’s come out way ahead in both these debates. His “empty chair” metaphor for Obama seemed amazingly prescient. And listen to what he said at the Republican Convention about Joe Biden:
“Kind of a grin with a body behind it.” Is Eastwood clairvoyant?