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BIDEN AND RYAN DEBATE TO A TIE BUT NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT RYAN
October 12 2012
Danville, KY – To most people’s eyes Mitt Romney was the clear winner in the first Presidential debate. Even the Obama campaign essentially admitted as much, though did not say so vocally. Regardless, the perception has been of a Romney victory and that gave his once languid campaign new life.
Last night was a chance to steal back some of that spotlight from Romney and his push to become President as the two VP candidates met for the first time, and meet they did. For an hour and half Joe Biden and Paul Ryan sparred and both did well, by most accounts, with the younger participant doing much better than anyone had thought possible.
The next day, though, no one is talking about Ryan. All the chatter is about Joe Biden just as it was last week with Mitt Romney, something which will no doubt give renewed life to the Democrats and possibly help them regain some of the ground they lost in the last week, and also make Paul Ryan look kind of like a wiener which he really kind of is.
That de facto win for the Democrats will of course give them a lot of attention ahead of the next debate between the two lead candidates next week, ensuring for a lively dispute between the two, as well it will likely push Ryan back to campaigning in small cities and towns and not garnering a whole lot of attention as has been the case so far.
Most experts agreed that Ryan did well against the more experienced Vice President but was still kind of a wiener.
Many other adjectives have been used to describe Biden in the wake of the debate but none have been diminutive.
“This is undoubtedly what the Democrats wanted and needed from Biden. They needed him to be the bulldog, to go out there and tear into the young guy and not let him up even if he is gasping for air and that’s exactly what Biden did and that doesn’t help the Republicans much at all,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “Ryan did just fine compared to what could have been expected of him but that still doesn’t equate to a win. There is a difference between doing well and doing well enough and Ryan fell very clearly onto the leeward side of that and will not get another chance to prove himself or help his campaign. Luckily he is only a VP candidate and doesn’t really matter much at all because of that.”
Traditionally, VP debates don’t do much of anything at all for anyone just like the job itself.
“The simple fact of the matter is that people aren’t voting for Vice President. He, or she, is just a part of the package but more like the packing material and not the present itself and people just throw away the packing material, except kids. Kids love that stuff but they don’t get to vote in the election anyways, too young,” continued Kinsey. “This will turn the attention back to the Obama campaign and that is something they need. No one will actually care what Biden said or remember this debate until the end of the day but he has shifted the focus and that is really what they needed to do and is what Ryan clearly did not do, didn’t even seem to try really.”
Ryan was eager to comment on his performance but no one was really interested.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent