Jacology: VP Debate

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(KPLR) – In today's Jacology, Charles Jaco picks apart the VP Debate and explains who he believes came away the winner.

The folks who handle political coverage around here had me videotape a promotional spot the other day about how many years each of us had been covering politics. The camera rolled, I looked at it and said, I’m Charles Jaco and I’ve been covering politics longer than you've probably been alive.  Punk.

They of course made me change it, but one of the producers said, man that's old school attitude; which brings me to the Vice President Of The United States.

Vice President Joe Biden took Congressman Paul Ryan to school in the vice presidential debates. Now don't get me wrong. The republican vice presidential nominee was poised and composed. He gave generally thoughtful answers. And he stuck to his conservative guns that government is always the problem, that much less government is better and that his view of government overall is pretty close to that of Congressman Todd Akin.

After all, Akin and Ryan co-sponsored a pro-life bill in congress that would have re-defined rape, in an effort to make getting abortions more difficult.

But Joe Biden was having none of it.  Joe Biden, who was first elected to office the year Paul Ryan was born, took the tea party hero to school. If you take the totality of his remarks, Biden said government can be a force for good, government helps people, government is on the side of the little guy and that government is not the problem. It was an old-school lesson that could have been delivered by Tip O’Neill or Ted Kennedy.

And there you have it. Biden's job was not to lose after President Obama's dismal performance in the first presidential debate. But Biden was not only passionate rhetorically. He was passionate, philosophically and that philosophy is old school.  

That government is around to be a force for good.