My wife called me from work while I was watching the debate. She asked how it was going, and I honestly didn’t know how to answer. “Um… good? I don’t know. It’s hard to say what, exactly, I’m watching here. Right now Biden is interrupting Ryan and yelling at him like Chris Matthews on PCP.”
And so it went for the vast majority of the 90-minute debate. It was exhausting to watch a sitting Vice President make a complete ass of himself on live television.
In case you are the only one who hasn’t heard, the Biden-Ryan debate was… interesting. While I knew that a crazy Biden would show up, I was really hoping for more of a “goofy” crazy- not the “militant” kind of crazy. But, truth be told, I would prefer to have a Vice President that wasn’t any kind of crazy- thankfully, with this debate, we are a little bit closer to having that dream be a reality.
While the issues were serious issues, Biden laughed throughout the entire debate when Ryan was speaking, prompting concerned Americans- 23 million of whom are out of work thanks to this failed administration- to ask, “What is so funny about this, Joe?”
When not laughing or smirking, he was derisive, condescending and outright rude to his opponent, constantly interrupting him and talking over Congressman Ryan when it was his turn to speak.
The whole thing was a debacle, and the partisan “moderator”, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, did her best to help Biden along, at times teaming up against Ryan in an unexpected twist that had Ryan fighting off both an insane incumbent and a partisan moderator.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what had happened. Biden’s handlers, all-too-aware of the negative perception Obama created last week with his “too nice” performance, cautioned Biden about letting the debate occur on Ryan’s terms. However, what they failed to mention, is that Romney kept control of last week’s presidential debate because he had a better command of the issues and actually had a plan. Controlling the flow of a debate is more than simply talking over the top of someone or indignantly laughing- it’s about skillfully relating the stances. Biden, not seeing the distinction, just decided to yell over the top of his opponent and laugh when confronted with unflattering facts.
It was as weird as it was unbecoming to see a grown man act like a disrespectful child when the adults were talking. It made me long for the days when his behavior was merely racially insensitive, not outright maliciously rude and undignified.