I watched most of the VP debate while on the elliptical at the gym, but it’s kind of difficult to appreciate zingers when you’re reading subtitles that come 30 seconds after said zinger has landed. Then toward the end of the debate I moved to the treadmill but my eyesight is just not good enough to read subtitles at that distance so it just sort of looked like: Biden talking, Ryan talking, Biden laughing, Raddatz talking, Ryan talking, Biden talking, Ryan smirking, etc. Charles Pierce is of the opinion that Biden beat the white offa Ryan, and I agree, though I wonder why Biden and his boss both seem constitutionally incapable of going for the jugular when dealing with these prevaricating sociopaths. I say hammer him relentlessly on Social Security and Medicare, tease him about the marathon, tie this good Catholic to everyone’s favorite atheist, Ayn Rand. In short, go all Gillard on Ryan’s skinny ass.
There is a deeply held Beltway myth of Paul Ryan, Man of Big Ideas, and it dies hard. But, if there is a just god in the universe, on Thursday night, it died a bloody death, was hurled into a pit, doused with quicklime, buried without ceremony, and the ground above it salted and strewn with garlic so that it never rises again. On foreign policy, Ryan occasionally rose, gasping, to the level of obvious neophyte. (He was more lost in Afghanistan than the Russian army ever was.) On domestic policy, his alleged wheelhouse, he was vague, untruthful, and he walked right into a haymaker he should have seen coming from a mile off, when he started bloviating about Biden’s role in the “failed” stimulus program, only to have Biden slap him around with Ryan’s own requests for stimulus money for his home district back in Wisconsin. He also made it quite clear that a Romney-Ryan White House will do everything it can to eliminate a woman’s right to choose. This should make for some fine television commercials over the next few weeks.
Update: Biden may have won the debate, but Ryan shaved an hour and five minutes off his time for a new personal best!