Why The Ryan/Biden Debate Will Be Inherently More Entertaining

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The gaffer.
America is still letting out an exhausted sigh from the debate two nights ago in Denver. At this point, who knows who won, and who actually cares? The best/worst part of it all, as my colleague James King pointed out, is that Donald Trump was mentioned two times in 90 minutes; that's two times more than the number of times Trump should ever be mentioned in a presidential debate.

Nevertheless, the next two meetings between Romney and Obama will likely produce more "mehs" from the begrudging national audience. Don't worry, Election Day will be over soon enough. At least we hope so.

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The pointdexter.


But, Romney and Obama aside, we are forgetting a very important part of the American democratic process: the vice presidential debate. Next Wednesday, in lieu of the big boys fighting again, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden will face off at Centre College in Kentucky. The topics: domestic and foreign policy. The expectations: With last Wednesday in mind, it's evident that the VP debate will be much more entertaining then what we saw with Romney/Obama.


Especially
with these two characters involved.

To make this point, there's a few things we have to touch upon. The first is what we're working with in the past: Every time we've seen Joe Biden debate in the past, he's been ignored by a higher power.

In 2008's Democratic Party primary debates, the rivalry between Hillary and Barack took everyone's attention off the other candidates standing there next to them (Dennis Kucin-who?). Once Barack accepted the throne and brought Biden with him to Camelot, the VP debate was dominated by the Barracuda herself, Sarah Palin. The media wanted to hear what she had to say about every issue in the political spectrum because each and every other sound bite of hers was a wonderful headline waiting to happen. With that being said, Biden was, once again, overshadowed.

But, against Ryan, Biden has the opportunity to shine.

In terms of wit, Ryan is the complete opposite of Palin: He can make coherent sentences and explain policy better than your political science professor (the substance of the policy notwithstanding, of course).

Remember: Every number and statistic Romney spewed out in Denver has some sort of six degrees of separation with Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" budget blueprint. The VP nominee just has to avoid coming off as the smug, pretentious know-it-all and be able to defend himself against accusations that his master's numbers were a tad off from reality the other night (according to most fact-checkers, they were).

Also, with Joe, we have the go-to gaffe label -- in terms of recognition, the vice president's public persona, whether he likes it or not, is a running joke. He's bound to say something he shouldn't have, which everyone, except Barack, should look excitingly forward to. Cross your fingers and hope for the gaffe.

With these two on the same stage, we have a situation that is akin to a Thanksgiving dinner where the dorky cousin is trying to outsmart the drunken uncle. Ryan will attack with policy (percents, deficits, tax deductions); Biden will attack with emotion ("BUT THE MIDDLE CLASS!"). To win a debate in the American system, you need to perfectly balance the two: a little from column A, a little from column B. Luckily, we have both columns' extremes on the national stage, duking it out for that middle ground.

Who said vice presidents weren't important? Or at least, entertaining? Oh, right, Dick Cheney.

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ahorchid
ahorchid

we will need God to Bless America if Romney is elected....God help us all!

realsoundoff
realsoundoff

"But, Romney and Obama aside," 

 

But, you never start a sentence with a 'but'.

rahmvonaxelrod
rahmvonaxelrod

"from the debate two nights ago in Denver. At this point, who knows who won, and who actually cares?"

 

I'll tell you knows who won...the 70 million Americans who watched it.  And the winner is the man who was slightly behind in the polls and now ahead in the polls.  That man, the next President of the United States, is Mitt Romney.

 

God Bless America.  

 

Now to get back to my bible and gun clinging.

quietlite50
quietlite50

Imagine how people feel who have made big contributions to Obama's campaign and then he does a horrendous job like this.  What is with him??

quietlite50
quietlite50

Governor ?  Governor my ass.  The man is a joke and an empty suit.  He has the same philosophy as Bush and look what that did for this country.  I mean Dam, a school kid could have made Romney out to be the fool that he is.  This is very disappointing about Obama.  I mean give me a break.  I always knew it about Obama - the man has no hair on his chest, so to speak..

quietlite50
quietlite50

Corporations are people.  Sure they are, in his warped mind.

 

quietlite50
quietlite50

Too bad his old state rival, Teddy, wasn't debating him.

quietlite50
quietlite50

Only a fool would vote for someone who makes a gazillion dollars a year and pays 13 % tax while keeping his money in offshore accounts.  

quietlite50
quietlite50

I didn't see the debate, only a short segment of it.  How could Obama loose to a walking BS machine ????????   What the hell is wrong with him.  Maybe it is he who is out of touch with his base and the middle class.

 

delmont88
delmont88

"But, against Ryan, Biden has the opportunity to shine." - Maybe Ryan's shoes...Ryan is going to have Biden's head spinning so fast, that his plugs will be shooting out like a machine gun! emptying a clip.

drjohncarlucci
drjohncarlucci

America is still letting out an exhausted sigh from the debate two nights ago in Denver. At this point, who knows who won and who actually cares?

 

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Huh?

 

You think Obama might have won that clown car f*ck?

jj1245
jj1245

Obama was outclassed out witted and had no new ideas. Romney was polished

much smarter and actually showed America why he would be so much better. Its a shame

he had to school Obama who looked like a scolded child who had to stay late.

jj1245
jj1245

Like we dont no who won the last debate .. Obama looked like a idiot!

rahmvonaxelrod
rahmvonaxelrod

 @quietlite50 If he is a dummy that that mean obuma went full retard at the debates because he was a stuttering fool.  too bad he had to finally think on his own without a teleprompter to read someone else's words.  ah yes, the sweet taste of socialist tears!

rahmvonaxelrod
rahmvonaxelrod

 @quietlite50 who owns, runs and works at corporations?  robots?  news organizations are corporations.  no more news.  no more free speech.  obuma would make adolph proud.

rahmvonaxelrod
rahmvonaxelrod

 @quietlite50 It called capital gains.  I know you don't have a job so you wouldn't understand how taxes work.  When you get your original paycheck it is taxed as ordinary income.  Then when you save or invest that money the gains are taxes again at a lower capital gains rate.  It also gives people an incentive to invest and create jobs.  But obuma and the libs only know how to kill jobs.

rahmvonaxelrod
rahmvonaxelrod

 @quietlite50 Because obama is an idiot who was exposed in front of 70 million viewers.  obama can't read a teleprompter.  he can't think.

quietlite50
quietlite50

 @rahmvonaxelrod 

The only idiot around here is you.  The reason why investment income is taxed at such a low rate is because rich people make lots of money that way because they have more money to invest than most working folks.  The GOP  have obviously lowered capitol gains since my income was taxed that way because it used to be 20 %.  Bush probably did it.  Listen, you fool, I have worked more in my lifetime and made more money than your sorry ass ever did.  So go slither back under the rock from whence thou came.

 

How can corporations be people ? They have neither a heart nor a brain.

And most importantly they have no conscience.  Neither does the chameleon, Mit Romney, who will say whatever the occasion calls for at the time - a pathological liar without principles.

 

 

 

 

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