October 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM
It should come as a surprise to no one that Charles Krauthammer provided the nights most brilliant summation of the Vice Presidential debate.
"If you read the transcript of this debate, it was a draw. If you listened to it on the radio, Biden won. If you watched it on TV, Paul Ryan won," said Krauthammer.
Last week, Al Gore infamously proposed that Obama's poor debate performance was due to the thin Denver air. Joe Biden did a great job tonight [last night] of contrasting Paul Ryan's points, and driving the narrative of the debate, but something about the Kentucky air made him act like a jerk while he was doing it. As most of us know, the majority of the American people were watching this on TV. The Vice President managed to become a distraction from what should have been a great night for the Obama campaign.
Worse from a personal standpoint is that the incessant laughter and rude behavior robbed us of a wonderful conversation on public policy. Much to the credit of the moderator, the substance of this debate was fantastic. Whenever we dig though the eye rolling and the Big Bird commercials in this campaign we are left with two tickets that have vastly different view points on how to solve our nations problems. The answers tonight [last night] demonstrated that to us.
This is wonderful for the American people. From Afghanistan to Medicare we heard specifics from both sides on how to approach these issues. The visions in both theory and practicality are vastly different.
Whether or not the American people were able to hear them over the Vice President's antics we'll have to wait to see.
By Jordan Harris, Chairman of the Penn State College Republicans