Body language and non-verbal communication is going to matter on this one. Joe Biden went out with a plan to be dominant and he certainly was on the offensive all evening. Was he offensive? You could make that argument. Here is an image that showed up on my Facebook feed this morning:
Ann Althouse, who live-blogged the debate, wasn't impressed:
9:48: That debate was so annoying! Some of the CNN commentators are talking about how Biden did what he came to do, to fire up the Democrats. "This was not for the independents," says Van Jones. Okay, well, but independents were watching, and Biden was horribly rude. He created this disturbing atmosphere of anxiety.Emphasis is hers. Anxiety is in the eye of the beholder. I found it a little, well, theatrical.
As for Ryan, his test was different. Could you see him as President? After last night, I'd say yes. Biden tried to work in a Lloyd Bentsen-style Jack Kennedy shot during the debate, but it didn't really work because it came as crosstalk during one of Biden's many interruptions of Ryan.
Does it move the needle? Not as much as the first debate did. Romney has a chance to close the deal in the next two debates. We'll see. Meanwhile, here's a poll:
|This debate needs an enema|