Well, it looks though there is mixed reaction among Independent voters to last night’s Vice Presidential debate. And for anyone who watched it’s no surprise.
But it is unfortunate….
Because without a doubt, if you had heard it on the radio you were sure Joe Biden won. And yet, for those watching on TV it was something else, more a cruel reminder how ridiculous American politics have become.
There was style seen in last night’s debate, for sure. At times there even appeared to be substance. Excuses came from both sides, depending on the topic. But when the message mattered most, and viewers needed details, it seemed facts went missing; befogged in buffoonery, as though lost in a cloud only “good ole Joe Biden” could have made.
Yes, “good ole Joe” did all but lean left, frizz his face, and fart, to take away attentions from Paul Ryan last night (okay, make me proud Sedakis). And surely, where hardcore Democrats are concerned he did some good.
As expected, Joe came out fighting for the showdown in Danville. He was well prepared and his experience showed, proving nimble and knowledgeable with the questions. Most importantly, Biden managed to stick several blows in the Kentucky debate, necessary for inspiring disheartened Democrats let down after Obama’s performance last week. “Good ole Joe” even looked to the camera, and called on America several times asking, “who you gunna trust,” …. us, or them?
Nevertheless, for all his apparent success, it was Biden’s frequent condescending laughs, snorts, and grunts, which left many viewers dismayed. In fact, he was counted having interrupted Paul Ryan some 82 times during the 90 minute debate; prompting many pundits to declare “it was the rudest debate performance ever seen.” And while Biden did manage to muzzle much of what Ryan had to say, one has to wonder if attempting to conjure a Ritalin-readied Lloyd Bentsen was really the best approach.
Afterward, more than a few liberals said they felt Biden’s antics probably worked against him. Tom Brokaw added to this, saying he did not understand why someone would laugh while talking about “a nuclear Iran.”
In spite of his apparent knowledge, it may be Joe’s performance worked against him with younger voters as well; appearing to be an aging patriarch, whose time has come; unable to accept wisdom from a younger generation, he swats at their ideas as though the facts are beyond them.
Yet it was “the facts” viewers at home so desperately needed. And it was learned voters who understood too well just what they had seen.
Also not to be overlooked, is the way this debate appeared to female voters. Women often find braggadocios or aggressive men to be a turn off. And, while Biden’s behavior last night could be excused by some female Democrats as “necessary,” given the stakes, it may also have struck female Republican’s and Independent’s as being obnoxious, and obscene.
On the other hand, there was Paul Ryan. He also did as expected last night. Ryan showed up prepared, and was polite. He was focused and knowledgeable. Many hacks had high hopes for his primetime debut; to be a “wonky-information-super-fest-full-of facts-and-figures.” But the format of this debate and circumstances did not allow it.
At times last night Ryan even appeared to be getting shoved around, if not by his opponent then the moderator. As a result, his inexperience showed. It’s true he can explain facts & figures well to those who will listen, or can hear him. But Democrats were counting on Joe last night, and he made sure there’ll be none of that.
In the end, most on the left will see last night’s debate as a win for Democrats. Republicans will also declare themselves the winner; having achieved in Ryan, a polite, likeable, and knowledgeable alternative, for all America to see. And, as snap polls show undecided voters remain, as always, “undecided” on this, each camp can head back to their corners with heads held high, in anticipation of the next debate.
That’s right folks… it’s a tie!
Unless you count the American voter that is, who’s search for details in this debate were not made easy. They could look left for their answers, or right. But when the facts emerged, they quickly were purged ……. by “good ole Joe” ….. and the “cloud” left there on the stage.