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Joe Biden Asks: Hey, America, Why So Serious?

Selah Green Wrote: Oct 12, 2012 10:41 AM
"His hyper-aggression tipped the audience that the Democrats are on the defensive when it comes to issues, and more than a little bit desperate. Carol, I think you give American voters way too much credit. This is the era of in-your-face entertainment, conflict reality shows; strife & conflict sells. America loves Simon Cowell because he is ascerbic, combative, and nasty. Americans cheer when the football player gets a concussion. We love it when the obstacle course contestant gets slimed/slammed. Joe was doing the sliming and slamming, and Ryan was taking it like a wimp. He didn't learn from McCain that "Nice" doesn't win elections.
Selah Green Wrote: Oct 12, 2012 10:45 AM
The GOP needed a strong showing in this debate, as the next debate will be Obama's solely by the nature of the format - the Town Hall. In that format, O can get up and wander the stage, reach out to the audience, and 'connect' with the voters, which is all he can do. The Town Hall debates are truly American Idol shows, and this country now elects presidents based on their showmanship and offensiveness. Ryan blew a great opportunity by not calling Biden out as being a spoiled brat, by not exposing his and his boss' shallowness. Now the real show will begin.

Well, at least Joe Biden helped Obama keep one campaign promise: He certainly changed the tone of our political debate last night.  Too bad he took it to a disrespectful new low.  Watch and be appalled.  (HT: Correspondent Doug for the Batman reference; update: Jim Geraghty's got it, too -- must be a guy thing?!):

A couple of other observations:

(1) Joe Biden sacrificed his likability in order to try to erase the perception that the Obama-Biden ticket is weak and passive.  He probably could have achieved more of his objectives if he had been...