Biden definitely recouped some of the momentum lost by President Obama's performance a week ago. The vice-presidential debate was a true exposition of whom the parties had chosen, and serves to somewhat re-balance the election heading into the homestretch.
While there were indeed things that Raddatz did right, this debate could have been much more useful for voters than it was. Her performance as moderator, and the debate's overall structure, deserve further scrutiny.
Romney and Ryan look like what the sales associates on Mad Men could have successfully packaged as new and more "engaging." It seems to be having some partial success in presenting Obama and Biden as last year's "out of date" product.
Romney certainly has an enormous amount to improve upon when it comes to telling the truth: 43 percent of what comes out of his mouth is mostly false or worse. It makes sense, then, that he would forget to pass this lesson along to Paul Ryan.
To spare myself some time, and to share my hard-earned wisdom with those whom I will never get a chance to counsel, I've come up with the following list of the top 20 rules that no aspiring American mainstream political journalist should ever forget.
Ryan's views should once again strengthen women's support for the president. But when will these politicians remember that women also care about wage equity, Social Security, the education of their children, Medicare and health insurance?
It's theoretically possible to close the $5 trillion gap, or at least some of it, by closing loopholes and eliminating deductions. But neither Romney nor Ryan has specified any. They want credit for proposals they haven't made.
Joe sat in the back of the room and laughed. He was a holy fool and a brilliant bully. If he didn't deliver a knock-out, he certainly blocked the pilgrim's progress. He set the stage for the return of the hero next week.