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Drive-By Muthings: October 16, 2012

* When will President Barack Obama start talking about WINNING the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and not about ending them? And when will Republicans start making this distinction a big deal in their campaigns?

* Attention Republicans: Get off Joe Biden’s back. Had he been serious and professional and courteous in his debate with Paul Ryan, he’d have likely been declared the winner and the Romney momentum may have been slowed. But thanks to Biden being his obnoxious Biden self, THAT’s what everybody is talking about instead of his experience and command of the issues. Smilin’ Joe’s performance was a huge gift to the GOP. Bravo! Bravo! Encore!

* You know what I would have loved to have seen in that veep debate though? I’d have loved it if Ryan had turned to him and pulled a Joe Pesci (“Goodfellas”): “You think this is funny. I’m funny how? I mean, funny like I’m a clown? I amuse you? I make you laugh? I’m here to (expletive) amuse you? What do you mean funny? Funny how? How am I funny?”

* Jay Leno took 3 minutes of his monologue Friday night to poke fun at Biden. Click here

* Another Barack Obama taxpayer-funded business “success” story (courtesy of the Wall Street Journal this morning): “Electric car battery manufacturer A123 Systems Inc., the recipient of nearly $250 million in government grants, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday.”

* Here’s what the president said about A123 Systems in 2010 when he gave them the grant: “This is about the birth of an entire new industry in America – an industry that’s going to be central to the next generation of cars. When folks lift up their hoods on the cars of the future, I want them to see engines and batteries that are stamped: Made in America.”

What a schlemiel.

* Any Republican who still harbors the foolhardy view that that GOP organizations shouldn’t get involved in non-partisan races should consider the fact that Shelley Berkley – in a position to possibly become a United States Senator in three weeks – got her political start long ago as an elected “non-partisan” member of the University Board of Regents.

* Speaking of Berkley, she and her Republican opponent, Sen. Dean Heller, clashed on Jon Ralston’s “Ralston Reports” television show Monday night in Part 1 of a two-part debate.

Moderator Ralston not only had difficulty nailing Berkley down with specific questions about her controversial UMC vote, but was unable to corral the Democrat congresswoman who just wouldn’t stop talking and kept interrupting. Annoying. Almost…Biden-like. Round One: Heller.

Round Two: Tonight following Round Two of the Obama/Romney fight.