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October 12, 2012

Joe Biden, Debate Clown

In his debate with Rep. Paul Ryan, Vice President Joe Biden gave one of the most disgraceful performances I have ever seen.

Al Gore was bad in his first debate with George W Bush in 2000, but last night Biden was off-the charts-rude. Barack Obama smirked in his debate with Romney, but Biden was one giant smirk in his debate.

He laughed inappropriately at everything his opponent said. He rudely interrupted at every opportunity. He sneered, he snickered, he insulted, he was disrespectful. He was undignified, and disgraced himself. At times his behavior was outright bizarre. On and on this went, from the first minute until almost the last. As one blogger put it

Joe was the bloviating, obnoxious drunk at the bar who had grabbed Ryan by his lapel and wouldn't let go. You could practically see Ryan's hair melt from the noxious odors wafting out from behind Joe's peculiarly whitened dentures.

I do not know that I have ever before seen such a loathsome spectacle at the national level.

I expected Biden to try and redeem his boss, but truthfully I had no idea he would go as low as he did. So much for "good ol' Joe," the guy you're supposed to want to invite to your backyard bar-b-Que.

Anything substantive he said, any debaters points he scored, were completely overwhelmed by his behavior. This wasn't just my observation, it was clear from Twitter, news commentators, and both the left and right blogosphere this was the case.

Of course, much of what Biden said was utter nonsense, but that's par for the course with him. He threw the entire intelligence community under the bus on Benghazi-gate, but then said that the same intelligence community can be trusted to tell us when Iran is close to getting the bomb. He asserted that the hardest part of building a nuclear bomb was the bomb design itself (just the opposite is the case). And of course he completely misrepresented the situation with the HHS mandate, religious liberty, and the Catholic Church.

Most of all, though, Biden gave no positive reason why anyone should give Obama and him a second term. He offered no agenda. His entire rationale was "the other guys are worse." This is fine for a use in a few attack ads, but unless you present an agenda you are unlikely to win.

Paul Ryan was calm, cool, and collected. He missed a few opportunities to counter some of the things Biden said, but not many, and he got in some good shots. But even when he did he stayed respectful and kept his facial expression positive. He explained his position clearly, coherently, and had a command of the issues.

How will this play out? In the first presidential debate, Romney won his base and the independents, while Obama lost with everyone. In this debate Biden won with the liberal base, which as Neo-neocon says is "hostile and juvenile" (I would emphasize the latter adjective), while Ryan won with the right. Initial polling I have seen, anecdotal evidence from around the blogosphere, and plain old common sense tells me that Biden lost with independents, especially women. He (or at least his campaign staff, Biden being too dumb) probably knew this would happen, but his boss' performance had so demoralized their base they felt they had no choice.

On debaters points they were probably even. On character, Biden showed that his was in the gutter, while Ryan came across like a gentleman. May the best man win this election, and it sure isn't Joe Biden.

Posted by Tom at October 12, 2012 8:30 PM

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