|Last Night's VP Debate: Politics RAW.
||[Oct. 12th, 2012|02:50 pm]
In my last post, I expected a snoozefest, and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't.
I think this article sums up best how I felt about the debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
In particular, this part, near the end:
For years, Paul Ryan has been the shining champion of some really terrible ideas, and of a dystopian vision of the political commonwealth in which the poor starve and the elderly die ghastly, impoverished deaths, while all the essential elements of a permanent American oligarchy were put in place. This has garnered him loving notices from a lot of people who should have known better. The ideas he could explain were bad enough, but the profound ignorance he displayed on Thursday night on a number of important questions, including when and where the United States might wind up going to war next, and his blithe dismissal of any demand that he be specific about where he and his running mate are planning to take the country generally, was so positively terrifying that it calls into question Romney's judgment for putting this unqualified greenhorn on the ticket at all. Joe Biden laughed at him? Of course, he did. The only other option was to hand him a participation ribbon and take him to Burger King for lunch.
Great .gif time:
I knew what he meant immediately, since I have Irish folks in my ancestry. And it was not only an appropriate response to one of Ryan's silly replies, but it set the tone for the rest of the debate. I don't think Paul Ryan could have been savaged on stage any better. Coming from Joe Biden, of all people? AMAZING. I am no real fan of Joe Biden, but I was last night. He impressed me. Not only was he an extension of his running mate, but Biden essentially was Obama's beating stick, delivered repeatedly on Ryan's goofy noggin.
If you didn't know that was Paul Ryan on stage prior to the debate, then you would have a hard time identifying him afterward, even with dental records.
I called the GOP/conservative crowd's resort to calling fraud with Raddatz. Of course they'd blame the moderator, for their own horse's lameness. And the criticisms of Biden being rude and boorish are a hoot. It was okay for Mitt to interrupt the President, but not the other way around? It must not be a particularly happy Friday for ultra-right-leaning folks.
Best of all, Biden got Ryan to diverge from several Mitt Romney positions. At one point, I swear I heard Ryan claim that they would slightly clamp down on military budgets. Really? Because at the end of the first debate, Mitt slipped in a comment that he wouldn't touch a penny from it. Which is it, guys?
The fact that Ryan went in different directions from Mitt shows a clear lack of communication between the duo.
I realize that debates really often do not swing an election, and that in this particular cycle, most people are thoroughly decided upon whom they will cast their vote. However, if you had any doubts about Biden's ability prior to the debate (I did, very much so), then you lost those doubts. Meanwhile, I feel like Ryan's career is circling the drain.
Those swing states seem to be looking mighty blue today. If you ask me, I'll tell you it was gooooood times.
Should you have missed the debate, here it is, all 1.5 hours of it. I will never forget this debate, which turned out to be one of the more entertaining and one-sided VP debates I have ever watched. Also, here is a list of VP debate party fouls. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like Fact Check found the biggest whoppers coming mostly from Ryan.