My lasting impression of the sole VP debate between Vice-President Biden and Paul Ryan is that Biden sounded like a loudmouth at a bar who had spent the past six hours drinking and should have been cut off by the bartender five hours earlier. Paul Ryan, by contrast, was a paragon of sobriety.
With that said, Biden did better in his debate than Obama did last week. However, as I stated earlier this evening, that isn’t saying a whole lot.
I do wish Ryan had been more assertive concerning Benghazi and Iran. Ryan should have identified Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by name when he spoke of senior officials who blamed the attacks on the YouTube video. He should have also said it was Secretary Clinton who said there were no lines in the sand where it concerned Iran.
However, I think Ryan got stronger as the debate progressed especially where it concerned domestic policy on jobs, health care and taxes.
When Biden made mention of Romney’s 47% comment, Ryan got off the best line of the night when he told Biden, “Sometime the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.”
Given Biden’s propensity for inserting one or more of his feet in his mouth, he is the last person on earth who should be chiding anyone for having “loose lips.”
For much of the debate, Biden came off as sullen and abrasive and when he wasn’t interupting Ryan, he was rolling his eyes and looking up at the ceiling. He even chided moderator Martha Raddatz. During the segment on Afghanistan, when Raddatz asked Biden about troop levels, he snapped, “You need to be straight with me.” It made him come off as a bully.
I think Biden realized this because towards last third of the debate his demeanor turned softer and pretty much maintained that tone.
I’m sure the liberal media will spin this as an upset victory for Biden but I don’t think he did President Obama any favors nor do I think he has done anything to stall Mitt Romney’s momentum.