Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said after Thursday night’s debate that Vice President Joe Biden’s demeanor cost him a potential debate win over Republican Rep. Paul Ryan. “If you read the transcript, I think it’s dead even,” Krauthammer said. ”If you heard it on radio, Biden won. If you watched on television, he lost. In the transcript, if you just look at the raw arguments I think it was even because each side had points to make and made them. I think on balance, not one side was stronger than another.” (Snip) “He did a lot of interrupting as well.
Comments: Biden outright lied (about a lot of things) but especially that 0bama wasn't compelling any religion to act in a way that was conflicting with their beliefs. As Ryan pointed out, why the lawsuits then over constitutional rights? I'm afraid I usually rank arguments such as this on debating points more than appearance and so give Biden no bonus for being forceful or bullying. Thus Ryan would have won on the radio to me too as well as on television. I might have to look at the transcripts because a couple of times when Biden was speaking I wrote down
History repeats itself. See the VP Nixon and Premier Krushchev "Kitchen Debate" of July 1, 1959. The only difference being, Krushchev couldn't interrupt because he had had to work through an interpreter. VP Joe has the same populist, over-the-top demeanaor of Krushchev. As I've said before, the Democrats are clearly going for the stupid vote.
One has to ask, why is Joe Biden so angry? 1, Biden hates America first. 2. Biden blames America first. 3. Biden thinks he's God--only cleaner and more articulate. (Tie his hands behind him and he'll be silent.)
#101 you complain about Biden trying to get a word in - you can blame the moderator for that issue. Biden continually cut into Ryan's time to speak - 82 times. Biden was acting in the role of a bully. Biden is the very definition of a politician - in the worst sense. He is an example of why so many people are completely turned off by politics. Among many others, I like what #26 had to say. We don't hear from Sagman very often.
Sorry for the 2nd post, but it dawned on me, if the debate were 90 minutes long, and Biden had 45 minutes and Ryan had 45 minutes, then for Biden to interrupt 82 times, he would be interrupting Ryan about every 30 seconds.
If that is the way the Senate works, no wonder they don't get anything done. There is no way one can express an idea more complicated than to propose a place for dinner.
Biden reminded me of an aspiring actor in an actor's workshop with the "director" telling him, "Give me you biggest smile! OK, now look befuddled! Laugh and look condescending at the same time! That's it! Ok, now give me amazement! No, more of an 'I can't believe you just said that' look!, but with a big smile, like you know something they don't! YES, perfect, Joey Baby! You're gonna be a star!"
What was Axelgrease actually DOING in that debate prep??? He wound Bite-me up way too tight. He might have broken him, in fact. I think he used some fear and intimidation on the VP. Good thing for Joey there's no second VP debate... Axelgrease might have water boarded him into the desired performance on that one.
I turned on the TV to the debate, but did not actually watch it. I turned on the computer instead, and listened to the 'debate' in the background.
Krauthammer is wrong if he thinks Biden sounded good on the radio. The 'debate' followed a pattern.
Ryan spoke for a few seconds, Biden interrupted, Ryan spoke for another 10 seconds, the moderator interrupts for a tangential question, Ryan tries to speak for that, Biden interrupts again, Ryan spoke some more, and finally the moderator asks a different question.
After a while, I looked up and then saw Biden's facial contortions. Ick.
The debate gave zero content, and wasn't really a debate. Kind of how we do not have a real president. Romney better be prepared to speak in 10 second sound bites since that is all the time he will get before he gets interrupted.
Biden and the moderator were awlful. After a while I was visualizing Biden and the moderator as screeching chimps, and Ryan was debating them.
Ryan did not have a great debate, but given what he had to contend with its no surprise. I'm not sure how he could have prepared for it. Hopefully this helps Romney prepare for the next debate.
Joe Biden is a liberal Democrat populist demagogue who has been a Washington, DC politician for about forty years. He has had a long time to get his act together. Ronald Reagan recognized Biden for what he was, away back in the 1980's saying that Biden was smooth, but a 100% demagogue. Biden certainly has not changed.
Dr. K had the best take on the impact of this.Trouble getting on with server crash. I had typed this, couldn't post it, and then heard Rush with the same take. This is for the "record":
Last night, Joe Biden came across as a programmed Democrat shill, rather than VPOTUS. We're used to these tactics on those "fair and balanced" debates on FNC and other news outlets. The Dem shill bullies, filibusters, interupts, slips in "untruths" (aka lies), and talks over the conservative "victim" so as not to allow a proper response. The shill is cocky, arrogant, and oh, so self-assured. Civility be damned.
Those of us who have attempted to debate Dem "believers" have personally experienced this tactic. Ryan showed much more self-control under this barrage than most of us would.
In the end under those circumstances, he who keeps his cool - wins.
Ryan kept his cool.
He left several rebuttal points unused, to be sure. One that jumped out at me and that I haven't heard from the pundits was Biden's claim that Iran is still far from a nuclear weapon because they have no bomb housing in place. First, he provided no backup of that. News reports indicate that Iran is simultaneously developing missles and detonators to be ready when the fissile material is. Second, Bibi pointed out in his UN presentation that getting to 90% enrichment is the hard part and was more visible due to the number of centrifuges required. Building the rest of the bomb can be done in a small, undetectable, laboratory in short order once the nuclear material becomes available.
Yes, Paul left this and other points on the table, but he kept his cool.
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