Geee Posted October 12, 2012 Share Posted October 12, 2012 American Spectator: Vice President Joe Biden took Americans on a one-way trip to Malarkey-ville last night, with a weirdly aggressive debate performance in which, according to one count, he interrupted his Republican rival 86 times. Even many of those who generally approved of what Democrat spinners referred to as Biden's "happy warrior" act expressed concern that the vice president was, to quote CNN's Gloria Borger, "condescending at times" toward Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. Make that "condescending at all times," and you may have a consensus that would include even the debate's liberal moderator, Martha Raddatz of ABC News. Biden's behavior resembled the hypomanic phase of bipolar disorder, as he grinned incongruously or faked laughter in reaction to Ryan's answers, rudely scoffed at the Republican's policy proposals as "bluster" and "loose talk," and bulldozed past whatever feeble attempts Raddatz made to halt his repeated filibusters. Arrogant? Overbearing? Angry? If those are your ideal qualities in a vice president, Biden's your man. In the inevitable post-debate panel discussions over who "won" the debate, even conservative discussants generally credited Biden with having accomplished his basic mission, namely to counteract the demoralization among Democrats caused by President Obama's tepid and listless debate performance last week against Mitt Romney. (See "Mitt's Biggest Turnaround Yet," Oct. 4.) Biden's aggressive tactics against Ryan were cheered by the Democratic "base," by which term of course I mean, Chris Matthews. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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