When Mitt Romney walloped Obama last week in their Denver debate, he was cordial and polite as he dissected the president and easily won the night.
Although Obama fans were not happy with the thrashing their man took, I didn’t hear anything about Romney being rude or impolite during the process.
There is no substitute for class and Ryan proved it.
Unfortunately for Joe Biden, I think he set a record tonight for being one of the rudest, most ill mannered, boorish debaters I have ever seen in the political arena and I have been watching this stuff since 1960 when Nixon and Kennedy started TV debates.
The disrespect, interruptions, mugging to the camera, and laughing while Representative Ryan presented his side of the debate, was unconscionable. It’s one thing to disagree with your opponent; it’s something else to exhibit your bad manners.
Fortunately, Paul Ryan held his ground and let Biden bloviate which was a good strategy. It showed that he wasn’t going to let the guy get under his skin. Instead the condescending Biden just dug himself further into a hole as the debate went on.
Whether Biden was trying to kick it up a notch after Obama’s lackluster performance and show what he might interpret as a “personality,” I don’t know. He could have used some time with a good coach who I’m sure would have told him to “cool it.”
Notes: The time each candidate got was about the same; approximately 41 minutes…..Funny moment: After Biden complained that Ryan got 40 seconds more than he did on one item Martha Raddatz said , “No, he didn’t.”
Some comments from left leaners: MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp: “Biden needs to laugh a little less through the Libya, Middle East, and nuclear Iran segment.”
Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “Ok. I have decided. I find the Biden smile slightly unsettling.”
PBS’ Jeff Greenfield: “Biden has always had a smile that at times is really, really inappropriate.”
Jennifer Rubin, “The Washington Post”: “Biden’s laughing is losing the debate- obnoxious”
On the other side: Chris Wallace: “I’ve never seen a candidate as disrespectful as Biden.”
A CNN Poll gave the win to Ryan 48%-44% so it was pretty even by their reckoning. Charles Krauthamer said if it was only on radio, Biden would probably be the winner. If it was written on paper, it would be a tie, and if you watched it on TV, the winner was Ryan.
As far as personalities, I was pretty sure Joe would act the way he did. That is his nature to be outgoing, loud, and garrulous. He probably overdid his shtick tonight trying to save something for the two weeks after the poor showing of his boss.
Ryan was the soft spoken intellectual I expected and was a nice relief from Biden. He had his facts down and disregarded the nonsense from his right as much as possible.
As far as how much this debate affected the election, I would say it was negligible. However, the Democrats could have used a shot in the arm tonight which they didn’t receive.
Next week its Romney-Obama again. If Obama makes another showing like his last, he could be in big trouble.