The smirking? The 82 interruptions? The incoherent girly giggling?
No big deal. I expected that from Biden.
Biden’s approach to the debate was, in a conventional social sense, “rude” – but this is politics. Conventional rules, at least under the surface, are more or less irrelevant.
For starters, Biden is well aware that virtually nobody changes their mind over the Veep debates. The Veepstakes are all about getting bases jazzed for the final sprint. And what you saw was the comparison of the tactics the campaigns believed with reach their various bases.
Ryan was thoughful, on point, intellectually cogent, and stayed on the message – “we’re going to start making the tough choices, and get people back to work” – the sort of things the conservative base is concerned with.
Biden was arrogant, blustery, giggly, interrupting constantly – he was, in fact, the very model of the modern Liberal. The model of the lefty base is, in fact, Fast Eddie Schultz and Chris Matthews.
I don’t think it was just boorishness, though. Biden is a bobblehead, but he’s not stupid. I think he knows that if the whole country was talking about what a jabbering, smirking, inappropriately-giggling jag he was, they would spend less time talking about the past four years, Benghazi, four years of 8% unemployment (not to mention the most important issues of the past year, last Wednesday’s debate and Big Bird).
So far, it’s working.
But the part that I wanted to yell from the mountaintops? Bident’s closing statement. He stated his purpose, and the administration’s as making sure the “playing field is leveled, they, in fact, have a clear shot, and they have peace of mind”
Government-leveled playing fields are level. They are as clear as an IRS form. And government doesn’t give peace of mind (barring the bits and pieces of safety net that actually serve as safety nets, which we already paid for, thank you very much), it only takes it away.
tofu for a not-so-bright base? Absoluteley.