It was the most bizarre performance in any debate in my memory. Biden was so obnoxious, so over-the-top, that it is hard to see how independent voters, especially women, would find him tolerable, let alone effective. Arguing with the female moderate, jabbing his finger and constantly interrupting both Raddatz and Ryan, he came across like a bully.
Raddatz at times was unable to stand up to Biden’s bullying, but she hung in there, never losing her poise. She returned some of his jabs. She was a more active moderate, to be sure, than Jim Lehrer. But the debate was certainly lively, and she was exquisitely fair.
But on style, I’m not sure Biden did nearly as well.
True, his borderline bullying seemed to sap Ryan at times, or at least to send Ryan burrowing into his mental textbooks, an A student intent on amassing the information that would finally quiet the taunting, hectoring lecturer standing over him.
And at 42, Ryan indeed seemed much greener and younger than Biden, 69.
But it wasn’t a Bambi-versus-Godzilla situation, no matter how atomically Biden roared, no matter how frequently Biden played the put-upon adult, a role he took to such heights that it attained an air of unintended buffoonery: “Let’s all calm down a little bit here.” “I’ve had it up to here.” “You don’t read the statistics.”
In the end it was a bit much.
“You probably detected my frustration,” Biden said to Raddatz and the audience in his closing remarks.
but I did see him mopping the floor with Ryan
Half of all debate watchers questioned in the poll said the showdown didn't make them more likely to vote for either of the candidates' bosses, 28% said the debate made them more likely to vote for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and 21% said the faceoff made them more likely to vote to re-elect President Barack Obama.
According to the survey, 55% said that the vice president did better than expected, with 51% saying that the congressman from Wisconsin performed better than expected.
By a 50%-41% margin, debate watchers say that Ryan rather than Biden better expressed himself.
Seven in ten said Biden was seen as spending more time attacking his opponent, and that may be a contributing factor in Ryan's 53%-43% advantage on being more likable. Ryan also had a slight advantage on being more in touch with the problems of average Americans.
Ryan also had a slight advantage on being more in touch with the problems of average Americans.
I loved how he obviously knows this stuff cold. .
I do think though Biden has to hold back on his smirking.