Now that the dust has settled around the debate, let us see what is worth seeing.
Vice President Biden was told to push back hard against Paul Ryan, and not let Ryan dominate the show. So Biden did that in the way he knows best: interrupt. But his chuckling, grinning, and cartoonish head bobs are evidently starting to work against him.
Most impressively, Biden appears to have managed driving a large number of women voters into thinking that they would rather see the crisp, intelligent, informed Paul Ryan a heartbeat away from the presidency, and not Uncle Frisky. Commensurate with this instant poll finding, the Czar asked the Царица what she thought, and her first comment was that Joe Biden came off as an old creep. Wow, the Czar thought, how the Democrats image of themselves has flipped to what they once demonized about Republicans.
Anyway, real polls numbers are not inand we expect initial television ratings to be quite high for the first 30 minutes, and then dropping off rapidly. Viewers turned off the debates to get away from the fulsome Joe Biden; and this, perhaps intentionally, may have meant to mildly help the Democrats keep the undecideds from studying Ryans arguments. If the viewer turns them off (because Biden turned them off), then this at least holds the damage where it is.
This would, of course, be a sensationally stupid strategy. While David Axelrod views Biden as his ideal weapon against Romney, he detonated in front of millions of undecided voters. This will cement the damage in placewhile Romneys polling numbers are not about to skyrocket because of last nights debate, they sure are not going to drop.
And with the Obama campaign allegedly pulling up stakes and abandoning North Carolina and Florida as lost causes, and with Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin now flipping to Romney, one can only wonder how the decent folks of Ohio are gong to view a guy who acts like a jackass, laughs at numbers, and then looks into the camera with a too-wide grin and asks Who are you gonna trust?
Looking at how these critical swing states are edging into Romney camp, Axelrod may be sorry he had Biden try to play the Used Car Salesman takes on your accountant schtick.
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