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October 11, 2012
Filed under Politics
Tagged with Joe Biden, Paul Ryan
About MatthewI care about politics, but also enjoy tabloid talk. So what’s a boy to do?
A lot of pundits – and not Fox – are using this expression and his smile as evidence that he smirked too much and they think it is disrespectful.
Political strategy-wise, the smirking and laughing was probably not the ideal plan. Integrity-wise, the only possible thing a decent person can do when they are faced with so much “malarkey” is to laugh in contempt.
It becomes like a Rorschach test. Fox News finds the smirk disrespectful. For me personally, it’s like what Chris says — a response with integrity.
My opinion, the debate was a draw. They both did what was needed. Biden was on full attack mode to energize the Democratic Base, and Ryan was there to promote the platform and defend himself against Biden. They both succeeded.
Based on my unscientific facebook friends polls, all my Democrat friends say Biden won, and all my Republican friends think Ryan won. I would have preferred a little less smirking from Biden, but overall they both acquitted themselves well.
I loved the debate. The both of them had a great tit-for-tat. I personally do not think it changed anyones mind, or help someone who is undecided make a choice–it’s up to the Presidential debates for that.
I will say this, I’m pretty sure SNL has a lot of great material for their skit this weekend: the Ryan “No Girlfriend” head shake towards the end; every Biden chuckle, eye-roll, hand raise. Should be fun to watch.
I think it was at least good for Democrats in that it energized the base, which felt like its arguments were being articulated, which was not the case with the first debate. Vice Presidential debates rarely change much and I think you’re probably right that this one didn’t change much, either, although the slight rebounding in some polls might continue after the first debate bump that Romney experienced. And yes, this gives plenty for SNL to have fun with, on both sides!
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