A long, long time ago…in a law school far, far away…
It seems that — with her jobs as an NPR correspondent and ABC TV journalist, and her marriages to Ben Bradlee, Jr. (with whom she has a daughter); FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski (with whom she has a son); and now an NPR journalist — she is very much a creature of the Washington establishment.
Maybe she will be fair to Paul Ryan. We will see. Given her past and connections, however, one cannot help suspecting where her sympathies lie — and it’s difficult to imagine her doing anything that would upset the NY-DC liberal elite cocktail circuit. I’d love to be wrong on that.President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review.
After TheDC made preliminary inquiries Monday to confirm Obama’s attendance at the wedding, ABC leaked a pre-emptive statement to news outlets including Politico and The Daily Beast Tuesday, revealing what may have been internal network pressure felt just days before Raddatz was scheduled to moderate the one and only vice-presidential debate Thursday night.
Both Politico and The Daily Beast jumped to ABC and Raddatz’s defense. The Huffington Post, a liberal news outlet, joined them shortly thereafter, while calling “unusual” ABC’s attempt to kill the story before it gained wide circulation.
Genachowski — called “Jay” at the time of his wedding, sources told TheDC — and Raddatz would go on to have a son together before their divorce in 1997. They have both since remarried to other people.
A source who attended the 1991 wedding told The DC that Obama was also a guest there, and remembered that a man by the name of “Barry Obama” was among the guests dancing at the reception. (RELATED: Marital, personal ties link Obama administration to Commission on Presidential Debates)
…Carol Platt Liebau, a political commentator who was a Harvard Law Review colleague of Genachowski and Obama, wrote that “despite being a year below both men on the Review and not close personal friends with either of them,” she remembered Genachowski and Raddatz’s relationship as “quite public” during those days, and that “Raddatz visited Boston frequently.”
Genachowski’s friendship with Obama would continue through the campaign trail in 2008 and into the White House: He aggressively fundraised for Obama in 2008 as a campaign bundler, and served on the presidential transition team before winning his appointment to chair the FCC.
Tonight is the Vice-Presidential Debate. By all rights, this “wrestling match” should be about as even as Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Andy Kaufman was.
In fact, per weeklystandard.com:
Vice President Joe Biden has not sat down for a nationally televised interview in 5 months. The last big TV interview Biden did was on NBC’s Meet the Press, when he jumped the gun and came out in favor of gay marriage before President Obama was able to publicly shift his position. Days later, Obama did his own nationally televised interview and expressed his own support for that initiative.
Biden’s Meet the Press interview aired Sunday, May 6, 2012.
In fact, it is not just TV Biden has been avoiding. He’s done only one print interview since Paul Ryan joined Mitt Romney on the Republican ticket back in August.
“From all we can find, Joe Biden has done one interview since Paul Ryan joined the ticket August 11. One. And it was with John Heilemann for New York magazine. Over that period, Paul Ryan has done 197 interviews, 153 of those on TV (29 National & 124 local/regional). The rest print or radio,” says an aide at Mitt Romney’s campaign headquarters.
A Republican source explains why Biden is being kept away from the press.
“Joe Biden gets used by the Obama Campaign like Bernie from ‘Weekend at Bernie’s,'” says the Republican source. “They drag him out to a battleground state, prop him up on a podium in front of a teleprompter, pose him for photos with locals, and then quickly roll him back to Air Force 2 before reporters have a chance to ask him questions. They want Biden to be seen, but not heard in any interviews because they’re afraid he might embarrass the president with another one of his hilarious gaffes.”
Even President Obama has sat for interviews during this time. Most notably, Obama joined the ladies of The View for a daytime interview when he was in New York City recently for the United Nations General Assembly.
According to Paul Ryan, we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, or a politician by his gaffes:
GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says he’s ready for Joe Biden to come at him like a “cannonball” in their debate later this week.
“Because they had such a bad debate, Joe Biden is just going to come flying at us,” Ryan told radio host Frank Beckmann on WJR in Detroit. “It seems pretty clear that their new strategy is just to call us liars, to descend into a mud pit.”
Biden and Ryan will meet in their only debate on Thursday at Centre College in Danville, Ky. ABC’s Martha Raddatz will moderate the event, which will feature questions on both domestic and foreign policy.
Ryan has been getting ready for the debate with the help of Ted Olson, a former solicitor general for President George W. Bush. Biden’s debate partner has been Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee that Ryan leads. CNN reported Obama adviser David Axelrod also sat in on some of the pre-debate sessions.
In the radio interview, Ryan called Biden a “gifted speaker” and “proven debater.”
Polls by Gallup and Pew found that voters believe Romney did better than Obama in their first debate last week. Ryan said today that his running mate “raised the bar quite high” for his own performance on Thursday.
I think Ryan will do well. This is an administration in the death throes of circling down the porcelain receptacle.
All the future Vice-President has to do is bring his light saber of truth, facts, and figures, and the “gaffemeister”, “Jar Jar” Biden, will not be able to formulate any sort of logical counter-attack.
Hopefully, just as in “Star Wars 6: Return of the Jedi”, a “Skywalker” will be victorious.