I have heard no spin. Seen no polls regarding tonight's vice presidential debate. I have three reactions.
both candidates debated well. although neither was great. Biden was
much stronger than Obama. The Biden and Ryan styles were contrasting.
Biden was aggressive and hyperbolic. Ryan was calm and understated and, I
think, overly deferential. At one point, he needed to say "Mr. Vice
President, here's how it is supposed to work. I get to talk with out
interruption and then its your turn. Can we try that?"
Different people will react differently. My guess is that both bases will like think their guy won.
as someone who participates in this type of forum on a regular basis,
Biden's behavior was shocking. He interrupted and behaved like a smart
ass teenager. His smirking and mugging for the camera was the stuff of
bad actors and third rate personal injury injury lawyers. (Good personal
injury lawyers are much better than that.) It was rude and
unprofessional. It was condescending and disrespectful.
was it ineffective? Biden adopted the tactics of a cheap trial lawyer.
Mostly it doesn't work. But sometimes - with certain audiences (or
certain juries)- it does. It tends to work best not when you want to
convince the undecided (people aren't that stupid). but when you want to
inflame people who are already with you.
regard to which candidate won, Martha Raddatz was the loser. She let
the debate get out of control and she allowed Biden, in particular, to
run all over her. I don't know much about her work as a journalist
although I take it she has a good reputation. She was clearly not up to
Vice presidential debates tend not to matter and I
suspect that this one won't. If you're a Democrat, you have to hope that
Biden somehow made up for the President's abysmal performance. If
you're a Republican, you have to hope that Biden's oafish behavior
underscored the theme of an administration that has no case to make. I'm not sure that either side will get its wish.
Cross posted at Purple Wisconsin