"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.