From Left to Right: VP Debate
Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 00:10
Rachel Beech writes:
If I could summarize Thursday night’s debate in one sentence, I’d call it a night of obnoxious laughter, malarkey, lies and Paul Ryan’s consumption of so much water I was led to believe he’d end up damn near peeing himself before the night’s end.
Despite all of the sneering comments made by Republicans and their radical news outlets, Vice President Joe Biden’s debate performance was bar-none the most tactful and entertaining one I have ever witnessed.
Biden rolled his eyes, laughed and even threw his hands up in the air at Widow’s Peak Magee’s poorly rehearsed dialogue. Brilliant.
And guess what? He had every right to do so! Biden wasn’t about to let some snarky congressman from Wisconsin step into his zone.
The vice president did everything but pat Ryan on the head, calling him “congressman” and “my friend” repeatedly throughout the night.
If Biden hit the nail on anything, it was his inflection. The vice-president sent shockwaves throughout media outlets and people’s living rooms with his commanding tone of voice and no-nonsense attitude.
There’s no way in hell people can actually take Romney and Ryan’s plight seriously, right? Their entire campaign is comprised of nothing but a bunch of BS written to make people think they’re going to get the economy back on track.
But let’s be real and cut to the chase—the Romney platform looks a bit like this to me after Thursday night: “Let’s cut down taxes for disgustingly wealthy jerks like Mitt Romney while everyone else foots the bill.”
Before I get even more heated, let’s get back to the debate.
Paul Ryan and Joe Biden went back and forth at each other over taxes, the economy and Medicare. Both opponents went so far as to interrupting moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC.
“That is a bunch of malarkey,” the vice president shot back at Ryan’s criticism on the administrations foreign policy.
“I know you’re under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground, but I think people would be better served if we don’t interrupt each other,” Ryan said to his elder, more experienced opponent.
Biden’s performance definitely put democrats back on top after Obama’s faulty performance at the presidential debate. He brought many things to the light, including the video in which Mitt Romney said 47 percent of Americans pay no income taxes, play the victim card, lacking responsibility for themselves and their actions.
Biden obviously took offense to the secretly recorded video, stating those 47 percent of people Romney mentioned include people like his parents and the people he grew up with.
The Obama administration accomplished exactly what it had planned.
The reason why Biden’s points were so much more alluring is because, unlike Ryan, he didn’t express the need to defend President Obama the entire time. He did, however, defend working class American citizens.
Joe Biden put democrats back in the game with passion, truth, and exemplification of his long line of political experience. I’m afraid Paul Ryan didn’t know what he was getting himself into, but he fared well considering his opponent. Let’s just hope Ryan lays off the water next time. Chug a lug!
Tyler Hill writes:
Big teeth. Obnoxious laughter. Snarky comments from both sides. And a widow’s peak from the pits of hell. That basically sums up the vice-presidential debate, but since you’re looking for an analysis, I’ll go into further detail. The night started off like any political debate; the moderator (ABC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Martha Raddatz) explained the format of the debate and welcomed the candidates. Vice-President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan proceeded to give the dominant shoulder pat while vigorously shaking hands as they tried to claim the role of alpha-male.
The debate centered around foreign policy, and the night brought many heated exchanges. Unlike the first presidential debate, however, the vice-presidential debate did not have a clear winner. If you were to ask a Democrat who won, they would most likely say Biden. If you were to ask a Republican who won, they would most likely say Ryan. Like always, it’s the Independents that make the difference, but they were pretty evenly splzt.
CNN conducted a poll among nearly 400 respondents who watched the debate; 48 percent said Ryan won the debate while 44 percent claimed Biden won. These results were well within the survey’s five-point margin error, making it a statistical tie.
Though the polls claimed a tie, I believe one candidate receives the title for the “biggest loser.” That person is Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (Joe for short). Why did he lose? Joe lost because he would have won had he not acted like a prepubescent child high on goofy gas. It’s like someone was under the table tickling his private parts the whole debate.
Biden spent most of the time interrupting Ryan. It was clear what he was trying to do. He was trying to be feisty, competitive and willing to attack his opponent, something President Obama did not execute well in the first debate. Despite his efforts, it did not work, and the polls back that claim.