Well, the single 2012 Vice Presidential Debate is over. My initial view is to call it a draw, with a slight edge to Paul Ryan. Joe Biden stopped the bleeding inflicted by Obama‘s “empty-chair” performance of the week prior; Ryan showed he has the qualifications to be VP. Biden picked demoralized, despondent Democrats up off the floor; Ryan kept GOP momentum going (albeit not as strongly). Biden did well on defense, Ryan did well on offense. The big difference is that while Biden said nothing that would interest, much less draw independents, Ryan did. Ryan talked about the future, about proposals, about solutions. Biden held court with his shit-eating grin and a few “malarkey’s” tossed about.
Biden’s uneven and weird performance did absolutely nothing to bring new voters into the Dem column, and may have done much to turn disappointed and disgusted independents away. Indeed, many commentators on a range of networks are saying that Biden’s condescending, disrespectful behavior did not serve him well at all. That being said, the MSM, lefties and committed Dem voters will be (and are) buoyed by the fact that Biden can technically be seen to have won the debate simply by not losing, in direct contrast to Obama’s pathetic, inept and vapid performance the week prior.
In sport terms (football), this is the Super Bowl. The GOP leads by 2 touchdowns scored in the 1st quarter. Now, in the second quarter, the Democrats have successfully held the GOP to a solitary field goal. So, they go to the locker-room feeling as if they’ve turned things around. Sure, they can breathe a deep sigh of relief, and they can take solace in the fact that they were able to prevent a bigger lead from building, and this dodging of the bullet gives a momentary high; but it’s not based on reality, and is (of necessity) short-lived. It’s halftime, and the team ahead (on offense) is ready to score again in the next 2 quarters, and the team on defense has yet to prove they can even put points on the board.
UPDATE: Following the debate, the CNN/ORC Poll says the winner of the debate was Ryan 48% – Biden 44%; CNBC poll says Ryan 56% Biden 36%. Understandably, these are flash polls, but they indicate a perception that is contrary to what Democrat and MSM spin is trying to convey. The main takeaway: Dems think Biden won, Republicans think Ryan won. But critically, Independents / Undecideds lean toward Ryan. Edge: GOP. – Next up, Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University.