2012 VP Debate Review: CNN poll declares that Paul Ryan wins
Eric Golub is a politically conservative Jewish blogger,...
BOSTON, October 12, 2012 – The 2012 Vice Presidential debate from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky had the potential to be one of the great vice presidential debates of all time. Instead it was one of the worst.
The format was fantastic. Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan were seated at a table, a format whose intent is to reduce bombast and promote more of a calm discussion. This was the format for the 2000 Vice Presidential debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman, which remains the gold standard in debates from a substance and tone standpoint.
Yet even a format specifically designed to encourage civilized discussion could not take place. Congressman Ryan was calm, cerebral, polite, and serious. Vice President Biden was not. He acted like the drunken lout at the bar who cannot stop rambling long after everybody else has moved to a different table.
Mr. Biden was rude, condescending, and downright obnoxious.
He repeatedly interrupted Mr. Ryan and spent good chunks of the debate laughing, smirking, and sighing like a five year old child not getting his way. His behavior made Al Gore in 2000 seem polite.
Mr. Biden even sparred with moderator Martha Raddatz, which made zero sense since she spent the whole night trying to help him. President Obama was a guest at her wedding, and she made no pretense about her liberal biases, which was reminiscent of Beth Reinhard of the National Journal in her obvious bias.
Jim Lehrer moderated the first presidential debate, showing why he is one of the best. Mr. Lehrer was criticized for “letting too much go,” but this was a good thing. The candidates should be allowed to spar back and forth. It is called a debate for a reason.
Cutting Paul Ryan off in mid-sentence, Ms. Raddatz would let Mr. Biden ramble on for several minutes, and as in the Presidential debate Obama/Biden ticket was given the edge in time allotted.
It did not matter. CNN poll numbers released in the last hour show Mr. Ryan won, 47%-44%. And make no mistake, that 3% is going to matter.
Despite Mr. Ryan having to overcome Mr. Biden and the moderator, he did so by showing the world who he is. Paul Ryan is a first-rate intellect with a deep understanding of policy issues and a unique ability to communicate complex facts in a simple and intelligible manner.
Mr. Biden well he acted like an abusive bully in a bar fight. He is the administrations attack dog and he takes his role seriously. After Mr. Obama had his clock cleaned by Mr. Romney, Mr. Biden was given orders to bring fire back to a campaign that was being accused, even by liberals, of becoming complacent and listless.
Mr. Biden was not there to speak to Middle America. His purpose was to fire up the hard left basket cases at MSNBC who prefer belligerence, bellicosity, and bluster to decency, civility, and humanity.
Following the Presidential debate, MSNBC-Chris Matthews complaint that Mr. Obama was not hateful enough. He did not take Mr. Romney and rip his eyes out.
Mr. Biden did not make that mistake. He kept referring to Mr. Ryan as his “friend,” which was not meant as a term of endearment but as an insult of the “you are anything but” ilk, while claiming that Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan do not care about people and would rather let them die than help average Americans.
Mr. Ryan kept discussing policy, while Mr. Biden nearly burst a few blood vessels from self-righteous indignation. Which based on his health history could be a dangerous for the man sitting one step from the Oval Office — for now. Read A stroke away from the presidency—Joe Biden’s Obamacare hypocrisy
In typical liberal fashion, Biden kept insisting that Romney and Ryan were liars without offering a single specific verifiable example of an actual lie. Mr. Biden’s source was himself, which was also his verification.
Credit where due, Ms. Raddatz did start out tough by asking if Libya was a massive intelligence failure, which would seem almost a gift to Mr. Ryan; Until she let Mr. Biden off the hook when he issued a platitude about “getting to the bottom of this.”
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