The Corner

Obama Camp on Biden’s Debate Grins: He is A ‘Happy Warrior’

Asked about Joe Biden’s manners during last night’s debate, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt defended him.

“You know Governor Romney has spent the entire campaign saying that he’d stand up to China,” LaBolt said on Fox News’ Happening Now and apparently now Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan can’t handle a little bit of laughing and smiling. That seems preposterous to me.”

“Republicans like to praise happy warriors,” LaBolt remarked, “and I think that’s what we saw from the vice president last night. He called out the brazen attempt by the Romney-Ryan campaign to rewrite their ticket and their positions in the final 30 days of the race.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

Most Popular


Courage: The Greatest of Virtues

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Or Listener), As the reporter assigned the job of writing the article about all of Sidney Blumenthal’s friends and supporters told his ... Read More

My American Dream

This morning, at 8 a.m., I did something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember: I became an American. I first applied for a visa in early 2011, and since then I have slowly worked my way through the system — first as a visa-holder, then as a permanent resident (green card), and, finally, as a ... Read More

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More