It was crystal clear tonight that Vice President Biden was determined not to reprise the president's passive performance in Denver. In that, he succeeded. He also succeeded in interrupting his opponent constantly, repeatedly laughing at strange moments, and playing the 'loud anger' card frequently. Rep. Paul Ryan's serenity in the face of the Vice President's behavior was almost supernatural. On actual talking points, the two men battled to a draw. Ryan excelled on economic issues, gave a fabulous answer on abortion and closed strong. He also held his own on foreign policy. Biden scored on Afghanistan and by pointing out...
More than the actual performance of either Biden or Ryan, I think that a greater percentage of those who watched this debate will find the interruptions by the moderator in the middle of pointed answers by Ryan a critical factor in how they evaluate the outcome. Between the constant verbal attempts to keep Ryan from completing his thought to the overt sudden changing of the question by the moderator in mid Ryan sentence, I don't think this is going to be judged the win Biden et al believe it was. You heard it here first.
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