I totally agree with you. It is one thing to hear about someone’s behavior and I’m sure Ryan was told what to expect. It is a totally different thing when it actually happens to you and I think it took about 30 minutes for Ryan to recover from the shock of having dirt actually thrown in his face. The guy is SO decent, so polite, so respectful, such a good guy .... it had to be a real shock that Biden, who I’m sure he’s met in his time on the Hill, could act in such a despicable way.
This is also how criminals take advantage of/prey on people. You, being a decent person, expect a ‘response in kind’ and it is a total shock that takes a while to comprehend when someone who has no conscience, no care for your well-being as a human being, attacks (either actually in a crime or verbally as in the debate). Fortunately, Ryan had 90 minutes, not 30 seconds and got himself together - which, being the guy he is, I would expect. He’s going to win a lot of hearts and minds from last night, even if it doesn’t show up immediately in the polls.
It’s asserted that people do not vote based on VP preference, but when you consider that the Biden on display last night is one step away from the presidency, it’s pretty sobering.