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.
Pundits agree that the new participant, quickly identified as The Smile, influenced the debate in unforeseen ways. More surprising even than the rogue candidate's ability to enter the debate hall was his bizarrely amused demeanor during discussions of grave topics.
Is it just that the media is so bent on keeping this election a horse race to induce interest and thus increase their ratings that they will say anything to keep one side from getting too far ahead?
Representative Paul Ryan has bragged about his ability to catch fish barehanded. However, in the debate he could not catch the vice president, whose lengthy experience with foreign policy and domestic issues worked in his favor.
Lots was said -- OK, shouted -- about fixing Medicare. Could this be the issue over which generational warfare is declared?
After watching this debate, I can't help but to think: Who are the folks who are still undecided?! After two years of campaigning, well over a billion dollars in spending, countless speeches, and two debates, voters have two dramatically different choices.
Tonight Obama needed a champion, an advocate, and a force that did what he failed to do: show a contrast with Gov. Romney and rekindle the post-DNC enthusiasm. Joe was that force.
And the American people, their attention spans scrupulously shortened to the point of an Oliver Sacks case study with three second recall, has supposedly forgotten all the crap that, from Romney and Ryan, passed for policy. But ladies and gentlemen, that's just BS.
Transcript from Vice-Presidential Debate, Oct. 11, 2012 Vice-President Biden: "Thank you. Let me begin by pointing out some facts. Last month's job ...
One wonders if anyone is listening to the voices of poor people in America. I'd like to see the debates prompt our leaders to respond to American poverty in terms of both policy proposals and values.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan claim they want to help ease the burden on middle class Americans. Yet they both support out-of-touch policies that would harm women's health and economic well-being. It's something to keep in mind when Paul Ryan takes the stage tonight.
In light of National College Affordability Week, I hope a vivid contrast is laid out tonight between the Democratic plan to ensure our nation is internationally competitive for generations to come and the Republican vision of more inequality.
So Obama supporters can calm down. Biden will do his job and Obama will then take over. Regarding Obama's first debate, cut him some slack. He's human, after all. He is entitled to stumble once in a while.
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.
Paul Ryan has remained consistent. His statements are often lies, and when his talk turns to statistics and numbers and the financial facts faced by everyday Americans, his lies expand past the realm of "damned lies" into Mark Twain's third category of exotic deception.