When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man,
The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest. – Proverbs 29:9
Incase you missed it, the full debate can be watched here and the full transcript can be read here. But if you don’t have time, then I think the above RNC web ad says it all. According to a CNN poll, Ryan won by a narrow margin of 48% as Biden received 44%. However, the CBS polls paint a different picture as Biden is said to have decisively won with 50% over the 31% Ryan received. But a CNBC poll says Paul Ryan won by 56% while Biden only received 36%. Looks like the victor is not as “obvious” to voters as it was with the Romney vs Obama debate.
In terms of debate performance, however, the moderate Chris Wallace deemed this to be the most disrespectful and openly contemptuous VP debate that he has ever seen. Biden interrupted Ryan 82 times, according to one count. Even liberals thought Joe Biden was a pompous jerk with his incessant smirking, laughing, and ridicule. A CNN focus group member called Biden a ‘buffoon’. To make matters worse, the moderator was clearly biased as she did nothing to stop Biden’s interruptions but was quite happy to interrupt and debate Paul Ryan.
My Thoughts: Paul Ryan come off as presidential, respectful, and informed. Joe Biden came off as a vile adolescent old man who’d scoff at the most inappropriate contexts (e.g, Romney’s charity, nuclear Iran, etc) and interrupt his opponent while demanding like a spoiled brat that he receive more time. I mean come on, what kind of debate was this? The moderator would sometimes argue with Ryan on certain issues, making this a 2 vs 1 debate. This was totally unfair and juvenile. But surprisingly, Ryan kept his calm and went right to the points that needed to be made. I personally think Ryan should’ve been more aggressive in areas, but he did do a good job given what he had to face. While a case can be made for why Biden might have won on the “arguments” alone, I think a good debate is also a fair debate. That’s not what this debate was at all. Biden had an unfair advantage, therefore, he should be treated as having shamefully lost this debate.
Despite how terrible this debate was, there were still a few gems to be found. I think the best analysis of every issue in the debate can be read here, which comes to the conclusion that Ryan only wins by a “narrow margin” when it comes to who successfully responded to the most points. I have been looking through the so-called “fact checkers” and I just find a lot of misinformation there as well. The Heritage Foundation demonstrates this very well with the issue of Medicare. Paul Ryan knows what he is talking about, it’s just difficult to argue that with someone who is bent on scoffing and twisting the facts. Let’s hope the next debate is better than this one.