I thought Biden owned Paul Ryan last night. Yes, Ryan got in a few shots, but his "zingers" were forced and unnatural and his presentation couldn't appear any more disingenuous. It looked like he belongs in a used car sales lot on the bad side of town rather than Washington, DC. Biden was in full control and came across as a learned, old teacher giving a recalcitrant twerp a few lessons on politics. And it was sweet.
But don't take my word for it. Listen to Republican John Hindraker and the very conservative Powerline blog...
Frankly, I expected much more from Ryan, and he let us down. A disengaged viewer would have seen Joe Biden as the much more forceful, much more knowledgeable candidate. Worse, Biden’s victory gives the Democratic media exactly what they were looking for: an opportunity to declare the beginning of the Obama comeback. This was a needless defeat; I could easily come up with more than 100 individuals who do not hold public office but would have done a better job than Ryan did tonight. It was a big disappointment. Let’s just hope that Biden overplayed his hand and TV viewers thought he was a weirdo. And let’s hope that no one votes based on the VP candidate. Advantage, Democrats.Oh, but there's more...
One more thing–for what it is worth, Sarah Palin did a much better job against Joe Biden in 2008 than Paul Ryan did tonight. Bizarre, but true.Dyammmmmmm.
The most wonderful thing of all is that there are no second chances for the vice presidents. That was their one and only debate.
I hope Obama was taking notes.
From Charles Pierce...
For years, Paul Ryan has been the shining champion of some really terrible ideas, and of a dystopian vision of the political commonwealth in which the poor starve and the elderly die ghastly, impoverished deaths, while all the essential elements of a permanent American oligarchy were put in place. This has garnered him loving notices from a lot of people who should have known better. The ideas he could explain were bad enough, but the profound ignorance he displayed on Thursday night on a number of important questions, including when and where the United States might wind up going to war next, and his blithe dismissal of any demand that he be specific about where he and his running mate are planning to take the country generally, was so positively terrifying that it calls into question Romney's judgment for putting this unqualified greenhorn on the ticket at all. Joe Biden laughed at him? Of course, he did. The only other option was to hand him a participation ribbon and take him to Burger King for lunch.
You know what's the difference between Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan?