|See, Biden was such a compelling clown last night that even Dr. J. is leading off with a Biden picture.|
Unlike The Czar and ‘Puter, Dr. J.’s approach to the debate was more like Joe Sixpack’s. The debate was background noise while life went on. While the Lil Resident was doing homework, he followed the debate on Twitter (aka the echo chamber).
Mrs. Dr. J. and the Lil Med Student were taking in The Avengers on Blu-Ray as both of them are planning on casting their ballots for Romney/Ryan pretty much no matter what (including the appearance of a Stained Blue Dress™ on the scene, because, yeah, Obama/Biden are that far afield of Mrs. Dr. J. and the Lil Med Student’s value system that they are willing to overlook a touch of the infidelity to cast a vote against a team that has damaged our profession and attacked the institutions of our faith, yeah, we said it).
Furthermore, they are sufficiently aware of the issues that watching the debate would simply be an excuse for Mrs. Dr. J. to fawn over Paul Ryan. She saw little point in watching a debate where Biden’s only hope of success is to prevent Ryan from speaking by any means necessary. She has far better things to do with her time than listen to Biden play the fool.
|Were Dr. J. debating Biden, he would have whipped out this Sith technique to squelch debate pretty early.|
Dr. J. did record the debate and tuned in after the Lil Resident woke up at 11:30 and requested Dr. J. ‘re-tuck her in.’ Dr. J. lasted about 25 minutes and decided he had enough. Biden, by playing the role of the blowhard that he does so well, short circuited any possibility of Ryan putting forth concrete arguments on issues making this 90 minute debate an exercise in futility.
When the Lil Resident played basketball, they played a team who they clearly outclassed with regard to skill and athletic ability, however, the opposing team was fouling excessively (many of which were not called, as it was 1st grade basketball), taking extra steps after picking up their dribble (again not called for the same reason), and playing defense outside the 3 point line (see previous two parentheticals). As a consequence, the Lil Resident and her teammates were effectively taken out of their game by a team who had no intention of behaving like civilized athletes, losing the contest. Joe Biden took the same tack.
Lastly, Dr. J. tuned into both Fox and Friends as he enjoyed his morning coffee and did his morning chores, and listened to the radio news coverage of the debate on the way to work.
This was Dr. J.’s takeaway. The right-wing twitosphere was split on the outcome. Some felt that Biden’s asshattery prevented Ryan from looking his best and getting his message out, therefore, Mission Accomplished™. It is hard, after all to be effective when one is being interrupted once a minute. At that rate, cognitive impairment occurs. The other half felt that Biden was an ass, therefore score one for Ryan by default.
Fox and Friends spent a good deal of time discussing Biden’s asshattery, with little time for Ryan’s substantive points, largely because all one could do is show soundbites of Biden talking over Ryan and Ryan not being able to complete a thought.
Now guess what Dr. J. heard on the radio news (Fox News Affiliate)? Mostly Biden’s antics, with a little bit of Ryan substance.
So who won? Well, it remains to be seen what the overall impact is regarding motivating Democratic voters to come out to vote, and what direction undecideds break towards. The debate certainly did not hurt the Romney Campaign. But Biden succeeded in preventing Ryan from driving a stake into the heart of the Democratic campaign for re-election. He also was able to insure that the next one or two news cycles will be about more Bidenesque buffoonery rather than Romney/Ryan, the economy, the Bengazi debacle, or other issues of substance, therefore he insured that the debate did not help the Romney/Ryan campaign.
Dr. J. thus calls it a Pyrrhic victory, at best for Obama/Biden.