Friday, October 12, 2012

Video: Did Biden's Odd Performance At The Debate Help Obama?

The single thing that the Vice Presidential debate will be most remembered for will be Biden's odd behavior at the debate last night.

The only question is whether it will help or hurt the Obama campaign:

Or will it have no effect at all?

Charles Krauthammer said what you think of the Vice Presidential debate depends:
I think the debate happened at several levels. If you read the transcript, I think it's dead even. If you heard it on radio, Biden won. If you watched on television, he lost. In the transcript, if you just look at the raw arguments I think it was even because each side had points to make and made them. I think on balance, not one side was stronger than another.

If you heard it on radio, what you heard was Biden being aggressive, forceful, he was sort of on the attack all the time and he pushed the argument his way. He did a lot of interrupting as well. And Ryan reacted with I thought excessive deference, allowing himself to be cut off and often just ending with a point that you might understand...
But more than that, Biden's job was to do better at rebutting Romney's superior performance over Obama in the Presidential debate than the ridiculous -- and ridiculed -- Big Bird ad that the Obama campaign had been forced to resort to.

On that score, Krauthammer says Biden was successful:
And I think that the objective, perhaps the one advantage that Biden laid down is that in the actual arguments he made the points that had been left out of the first debate. What he was trying to do is set the premises for the upcoming debates by filling in the blanks, by answering the charges Romney made in Obama had left unanswered. The 47%. Repeating the $5 trillions of debt. True, or untrue, it was reenforcing the Democratic arguments which had been completely undermined in the first debate. And as a result, Obama has been sinking in the polls. So I think that he might have staunched the bleeding to some extent on the substance that Romney had attacked Obama on.
Now we wait for the last 2 debates.

And if he is aloof and unresponsive the next time out, Obama will not have Biden to rescue him.

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