NY-23: Biden Plugs Owens; Attacks Limbaugh, Palin, Wall Street Journal

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Posted: Nov 02, 2009 12:25 PM
You know things are not going well for Democrats when the party's approval-ratings leader is Joe Biden.  With this distinction, Biden's been sent out on the campaign trail in New York's 23rd congressional district.

During a rally in Watertown, N.Y., the vice president asked a "mostly full" room of supporters to "teach a lesson" and joining rejected GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava in voting for Democrat Bill Owens.  Scozzafava wasn't in attendance at the rally, but her husband--local union leader Ron McDougall--was singled out by Biden as a shining example for moderate Republicans to follow. 

During his speech, Biden recited some common DNC talking points, portraying Rush Limbaugh as a leader of the GOP, being allowed to "hand pick" Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman to win the race: “I’m sure [Hoffman]’s a nice guy, but imagine him being able, if he won this election, to take issue with any position that Rush Limbaugh has.”

Biden also went after former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who led conservative endorsements for Hoffman:

“The fact of the matter is, Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy is ‘drill, baby, drill,’” said Biden. “It’s a lot more complicated, Sarah!”

After some loud laughter at Palin’s name, Biden dialed down that rhetoric and went after The Wall Street Journal, asking whether Hoffman would go along with the laissez-faire policies of its editorial page.