Biden seemed to be on steroids and amphetamines, as if he were trying to overcompensate for last week's lackluster performance by his boss, President Obama, in his match-up against Mitt Romney. This led to Biden actually punching himself around the ring a few times.
Let's hear it for Martha Raddatz, the brilliantly skillful moderator of the vice-presidential debate: She got a clear yes from Rep. Paul Ryan to this question: "If the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected, should those who believe that abortion should remain legal be worried?"
What does that say about us when the winner of a debate is chosen, not by what they say, but by how they look and sound as they say it, or by how they react to what their opponent is saying?
I think I am going to have a hard time convincing people who watched the debate last night, and who don't know the vice president personally, that Vice President Biden is a nice guy.
When a Catholic candidate speaks about his or her faith, it's more important for voters to concentrate on their policies, rather than trying to worm their way into the person's soul.
Historically speaking, vice-presidential debates have had a smaller effect on the horse-race polls and ultimate outcome of the election than the three presidential debates. That being said, I certainly don't think that this debate will be a non-factor in this campaign.
Are we better off than we were four years ago? Hell yes, we are. I was standing in the middle of my office with tears on my face as I was laying off 25 percent of my staff and cutting everyone else down to a four-day work week four years ago.
So they want to abolish a woman's right to choose to have a safe abortion, but they also want to eliminate a woman's access to birth control so that she can easily prevent unintended pregnancies. I know! Is anyone else scratching their head right about now?
Biden has revolutionized the office of the vice presidency, giving it more weight than any other administration in history.
It is not that I don't think education is a subject worthy of national debate -- it is a critical issue in our society -- but it has been so botched by our two major political parties that I cringe every time education is mentioned in a political speech or debate.
Although Obama's demeanor is a poor fit for imitating the aggressive performance of his vice president, he would be wise to copy the substance, if not the style, of Biden's performance.
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.
I understand the Republicans are calling it a draw, which should tell you that Vice President Biden did very well Thursday night against Representative Paul Ryan in their first and only debate.
Given the pre-debate dynamics of the campaign, who did what they needed to do? The answer to that question is Joltin' Joe Biden.