I had this thought early this morning as I lay contemplating the day and the debate last night.
The stand out overall impression I was left with from the debate was that Vice President Joe Biden must have been channeling his inner Mika Brzezinski. Mika appears to serve one purpose on MSNBC's Morning Joe program, that is to sit there and utter bovine banalities on the issues of the day and make faces at the camera to make a 12-year old girl green with envy.
Joe Biden's penchant for mugging the camera, the audience, and for inappropriate laughter (Joe, do you really find the deaths of 4 American diplomatic service employees something worthy of laughter?) and flat out rude behavior.
Because Democrats cannot argue facts on the issues, they always attempt to deride, interrupt, or otherwise distract attention away from those with whom they are arguing. Usually it entails "bunny trails," side issues of no relevance brought up simply to deflect from a particularly cogent, factual argument, but last night it devolved into a pathetic, juvenile display of rudeness and discourtesy.
Biden's behavior was completely inappropriate to the moment, the issues being discussed, and most especially unbecoming and unexpected, coming from the Vice President of the most powerful nation in the world.
Hey, laughing man, Joe Biden, do you really believe that record unemployment, record debt, record demoralization within the work force, record dependency on government, the complete collapse of our Middle East foreign policy agenda, and the deaths of American diplomats . . . do you REALLY find all that so amusing?
What we actually saw last night was . . . DESPERATION.
Obama was so thoroughly defeated in the first Presidential debate that Democrats are now desperate. The polls are all turning Romney's way and indications are that by November 6, Romney will be a landslide victor. They know they must try something to stop the hemorrhaging, so they tried to have Biden emulate what they think they saw in Mitt Romney's first debate.
To Democrats, Romney was disrespectful (he didn't sit quietly and allow the President and Jim Lehrer to lie with impunity, nor did he allow them to short him on his time), to Democrats, that's being rude (the the rest of us, it's simply not being a doormat).
Also Romney was laughing and smiling when he was attacked, because he had the facts and experience to slap down the lies and distortions of the President, but more than that, to fill in the blanks left by the President's superficial responses. Biden's performance was a pathetic, Democrat Party version of that . . . and it came off as plastic and simply RUDE.
The Vice President's boorish behavior may go over well with his base . . . and, to an extent, that was what he was after, to enthuse Obama's flagging base . . . but it made him appear juvenile, mean, trivial, and dishonest (I can't believe he lied so brazenly about "not being aware of requests from the security staff in Libya for more forces).
Again, this debate is mostly immaterial. Romney is the candidate and he will be the next President--in 2013.
As I said last night, both did what they needed to accomplish, Ryan looked every bit the accomplished capable candidate, and Biden struck an aggressive pose and attempted to dominate the debate--in doing so, he enthused his base.
Nothing more could be demanded of either candidate. Now attention goes back to where it belongs, on the Presidential race and the last two debates.
I have already stated my opinion that the only debate that really matters is that first one. Romney accomplished everything he needed to at that time, the remainder of the debates are really just entertainment.
Romney will win this one going away, unless something truly dramatic or disastrous occurs.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!