Politico has already put together a video documenting Vice President Biden’s novel debate strategy: incessant merriment.
I think this was a bad tactic, or at least one poorly employed. It was so over the top that people are going to be discussing it at least as much as they talk about who won the debate.
It obscures any serious points Biden wanted to make – and Biden was quite lucid throughout the night. And it will be compared to Vice President Gore’s incongruous sighing during his debate with George W. Bush in 2000.
Perhaps a chuckle here and a chuckle there could have achieved the mission of making us think that Biden doesn’t respect Paul Ryan, but without making Biden himself seem like he’d had a big long bong hit in the green room.
And I think women in particular will be sympathetic toward Ryan. They’ve all had to deal with boorish men who don’t respect them. That’s how Biden came off.