Friday, October 12, 2012

Reaction to last night's debate

By Michael J.W. Stickings

We'll have a lot more reaction to last night's vice-presidential debate today and in the days to come, but if you missed them make sure to check out our three posts from last night:

-- pre-debate;
-- mid-debate; and
-- post-debate.

Richard and I, along with contributors Frank Moraes and tmcbpatriot, provided extensive commentary throughout the evening.

Quick consensus take: In what was entertaining, interesting, and even edifying theater, Vice President Biden did really, really well and won the debate decisively, even if some in the media are trying to make it all about style and so about Biden's body language (smiling, laughing, and using a variety of facial expressions in response to Congressman Ryan's bullshit), effectively articulating the Obama administration's record and positioning on a range of domestic and foreign issues and exposing not just Ryan's dishonesty and far-right ideology but his ignorance and inexperience as well.

Ryan didn't do anything terribly damaging, perhaps, and obviously a lot of what he said played well to the Republican base, notably his anti-abortion extremism, but it was Biden who came in and got the job done, picking up for Obama's poor performance last week, energizing Democrats (many of whom have been pretty down), and reaching out to the middle class.

That's more than good enough for me.

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  • I'm surprised that no-one except former governer Ted Strickland pointed out that the way Romney has and does invest his money is upatriotic. I would go so far as to say the way Mitt Romney invests his money in so many places other than the USA is "TREASON".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:43 AM  

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