No matter how politically incorrect Biden -- the working class Joe from Scranton, Pa. -- has been, his mouth, in fact, is his strongest tie to the average American, who can relate not only to what he says, but to how he says it.
Both candidates exhibited their anger and dislike for the other. At the last debate there was only one opponent in the ring. In this debate was saw an energized, agitated Barack Obama climb in the ring, punching and counter-punching from the opening bell.
Tomorrow night's debate should prove to be a fascinating one. It may get downright brutal at times. Both Ryan and Biden are fully capable of going for the jugular, and the Obama team knows it is in a slump.
The content of these leaks have certainly agitated this news cycle, but I don't find it particularly shocking or even remotely enlightening. I don't think it's far-fetched to say that many Americans have known for some time now that these are the kinds of things Romney really believes.
You can't be president of the United States if you don't want to be the president of everyone, but that's what Republican candidate Mitt Romney said in a remarkably arrogant speech to a closed-door high-donor fundraiser -- all captured on video.
The Obama campaign is now kicking itself for having spent millions in ads to tell voters that Mitt Romney's an uncaring gazillionaire who likes to fire people and send jobs to China. Had they only known, they could have simply waited for this video to come out.
Like all things Romney, the choice of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick is thoroughly calculated and entirely dull. They need to shift away from policy and engage in a serious charm offensive if they want to take the White House in 2012.
To America's comedians Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving; to pundits she's the political actor who keeps on fascinating. Yet for all the coverage of the crib notes gaffe, a lot of people missed the point.
With the exception of one poorly-chosen word, it seems to me to fit the classic definition of a "Washington gaffe" -- accidentally speaking a bald truth, and having to immediately apologize for such unseemliness.