Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Blustering Biden, Serene Ryan Exchange Barbs in Fiery 90-Minute Debate
Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2012 | Guy Benson

Posted on 10/12/2012 1:28:41 AM PDT by Kaslin

It was crystal clear tonight that Vice President Biden was determined not to reprise the president's passive performance in Denver.  In that, he succeeded.  He also succeeded in interrupting his opponent constantly, repeatedly laughing at strange moments, and playing the 'loud anger' card frequently.  Rep. Paul Ryan's serenity in the face of the Vice President's behavior was almost supernatural.  On actual talking points, the two men battled to a draw.  Ryan excelled on economic issues, gave a fabulous answer on abortion and closed strong.  He also held his own on foreign policy.  Biden scored on Afghanistan and by pointing out that Ryan requested stimulus funds for his district after the law passed.  On style, I'd imagine Biden delighted the Left-wing base, but put-off most others.  He was boorish, dismissive, bullying and rude.  Ryan was occasionally too timid; a strong demand that Biden stop interrupting him would have done him some good, but he came across as pleasant and informed.  I gather than CNN's independent viewer "dials" were fairly unkind to Biden throughout the evening, and flat-lined during some of the lengthy foreign policy exchanges.  There's no question that international affairs are awfully important (one of the Vice President's biggest mistakes was claiming that the administration didn't know that American security forces had requested reinforcements in Benghazi, an outright falsehood), but most Americans are concerned about jobs, economic growth, and the spiraling debt.  Precious few of the questions addressed those core concerns, which was a major shortcoming of moderator Martha Raddatz.  She also seemed to ask tougher follow-ups to Ryan (not to mention cutting him off in the middle of important points), but he handled it pretty well.  He did not whine -- unlike Biden, who seemed to think he was getting cheated (!) on talking time.  The talk clock confirmed that he ultimately talked more than his opponent, and clearly interjected far more often.

In general, both men succeeded to some extent.  Biden perked up the morose liberal base, which really needed a shot in the arm.  Turnout will matter in November.  Ryan was informed, plausible and likeable.  He did zero damage to his running mate, and likely reassured potential Romney-leaners that he's up for the job.  So a rough tie on debating points, and a win for Ryan on tone and demeanor.  President Obama and Governor Romney will lock horns next Tuesday night in New York in a town hall-style debate format.


More to come...


UPDATE - CNN's focus group of indepedents split evenly on who won: Roughly one third said Ryan, another third sided with Biden, and the rest said a tie or neither.  Among this group, Ryan won on which candidate has better solutions for the future; Biden had the edge on which candidate cares about people "like you."  Wolf Blizter calls the night "a draw."  One undecided voter on CNN just called Biden "a buffoon."


UPDATE II - CBS News' snap poll shows a Biden win, 50-31 percent.


UPDATE III - A CNBC insta-poll gives it to Ryan by a similar margin, 56-36. (Apparently this is an online poll, so it's bouncing around.  CBS and CNN's numbers are more scientific -- but also contradictory).


UPDATE IV - It's a miracle: Biden didn't say "literally" once.


UPDATE V - Oh, you:
 



UPDATE VI - Media observers from across the spectrum were unimpressed by Biden's bizarre cackling and grinning.  He seemed to find everything from Libya to Iran to unempolyment hil-arious!  Even a PBS correspondent called his mugging for the camera "really, really inappropriate."


UPDATE VII - According to one preliminary count, Biden interrupted Ryan 96 times.  Ryan interrupted six times.  Some of the ladies on Fox's focus group aren't happy about the Vice President's hyper-aggressive approach.


UPDATE VIII - CNN's post-debate poll (not its focus group, mentioned above) gives Ryan the advantage on who won, 48-44.  Basically a push.


UPDATE IX - Expect to hear more about Biden's assertion about the security situation in Benghazi.  He was untruthful in a big way.  Even Andrea Mitchell felt compelled to fact check this point.  Was Biden lying, or does he have no idea what's going on?  Neither inspires confidence:
 

NBC Fact Check: Biden Contradicted State Department On Benghazi Security


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS:

1 posted on 10/12/2012 1:28:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Biteme blew it.


2 posted on 10/12/2012 1:29:41 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Do you post in your sleep or did you stay up all night? Either way, thanks.


3 posted on 10/12/2012 2:39:56 AM PDT by upchuck (I miss my dog Snoopy. May 16, 1997-September 24, 2012 -- 15 years, 4 months. Forever in my heart.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Twitter: media put off by the grinning/laughing jackass Biden

Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway: “Joe Biden’s laughing through talking about Iran sanctions?”

Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein: “Biden’s strategy seems to be to laugh at Ryan constantly. Will it work to infantalize Ryan, or backfire like Gore sighing?”

NBC’s David Gregory: “Biden’s smile is out of control.”

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith: “So did Biden practice laughing at Ryan???”

ABC’s Rick Klein: “Biden on verge of breaking down in laughter when Ryan talks.”

Former Eric Cantor staffer Brad Dayspring: “Joe Biden needs to realize this isn’t a Senate Foreign Relations Hearing. His laughter and condescending attitude is a disaster.”

Radio host Neal Boortz: “Looking like Biden’s gameplan is to laugh his way through this.”

Townhall.com’s Guy Benson: “Will Biden laugh his ass off at the terrible economy, too?”

MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp: “Biden needs to laugh a little less through the Libya, Middle East, nuclear Iran segment.”

Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “Ok. I have decided. I find the Biden smile slightly unsettling.”

PBS’ Jeff Greenfield: “Biden has always had a smile that at times is really, really inappropriate.”

Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard: “Can’t tell yet if Biden’s smirking, laughs, eye-rolling, head shaking, works for him or not against the oh-so-young looking eager Ryan.”

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer: “Biden is at risk of having his laugh come across like Gore’s sighs. He should knock it off.”

The New York Times’ Ashley Parker: “Biden’s grin is Chesire Cat caliber.”

Republican strategist Ron Bonjean: “Biden laughing does not come off with the intended effect. It is actually hurting him. Looks very condescending.”

Movie critic Roger Ebert: “Joe! Stop smiling and laughing!”

Washington Times’ Emily Miller: “Biden laughing when he disagrees with Ryan is so annoying. Like a child in time out.”

Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin: “Biden’s laughing is losing the debate- obnoxious”

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...

4 posted on 10/12/2012 2:40:31 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Obama can’t use the exact same tactics but he now has a blueprint for how he’s going to approach the next debate. Biden may have looked goofy, but it appears he’s at least stopped the bleeding.


5 posted on 10/12/2012 3:16:52 AM PDT by paul544
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TigersEye

Jack-Ass-Lantern.


6 posted on 10/12/2012 3:19:33 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: upchuck

No I got up because my back and my hip was hurting. I have a generative disc and a degenerative hip joint. I didn’t stay up long though


7 posted on 10/12/2012 3:29:43 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: ETL

I watched for a while, then I couldn’t take it anymore. Also that moderator reminded me of some ugly looking dog. Paul Ryan was polite, charming and professional though


8 posted on 10/12/2012 3:34:06 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

That moderator kept drilling Ryan for answers. Never biden. Like she was giving biden a pass because he was the incumbent and the challenger had to be challenged. I thought that was incredibly wrong-headed.


9 posted on 10/12/2012 3:39:51 AM PDT by gotribe (He's a mack-daddy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV415yit7Zg)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: ETL

Braying jackass


10 posted on 10/12/2012 3:42:27 AM PDT by Calpublican
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

After Wonderboy’s debate AARP told them to quit using their name. I noticed Smiley did it anyway.


11 posted on 10/12/2012 3:45:52 AM PDT by Calpublican
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Talking over their debate opponent is what dims do.
Watch any commentary program and whenever the repub starts making a point the dim will interrupt, talk over, louder destroying the other ‘s opportunity to make the point.

Dims must have a school on those tactics as it is endemic to the bunch.

The only repub I’ve ever seen that could out talk a dim was B1 Bob Dornan.


12 posted on 10/12/2012 3:55:00 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Calpublican

Good description of biden and his actions. I couldn’t handle it and switchd to watch a documentary about the secret service. Biden was rude, condesending and dead wrong on his facts. I was disappointed in Ryans lack of actack about how the federal govt wants to be the sole provider of everything in our lives. Wish I had seen the Lybia stuff, but I really did have enough of “Jack-ass Joe”


13 posted on 10/12/2012 4:03:47 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Vinnie

I have noticed that too


14 posted on 10/12/2012 4:08:11 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: gotribe

She never let finish Paul Ryan and kept interrupting him


15 posted on 10/12/2012 4:10:00 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: gotribe

She was totally one sided


16 posted on 10/12/2012 4:11:03 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: gotribe

I expect the same behavior of CNN’s Candy Crowley on next Tuesday’s debate


17 posted on 10/12/2012 4:29:36 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Biden probably is shooting to replace Jay Leno in the near future.


18 posted on 10/12/2012 4:32:22 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Calpublican
Braying jackass

Loud, obnoxious drunk.

19 posted on 10/12/2012 4:40:08 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (If Obama is an empty chair, then Biden is the whoopee cushion.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: ETL

He laughed during discussion about Stevens. Unbelievable.


20 posted on 10/12/2012 5:36:20 AM PDT by bgill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: American Constitutionalist
Hour-And-A-Half-Gaffe!

lol

21 posted on 10/12/2012 12:16:34 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson