A CNN poll says viewers were split on who won the debate, while CBS reported that uncommitted voters believed Biden was the victor. The Week does a good roundup of other pundits’ opinions, stressing in their recap of The Wall Street Journal’s commentary that everybody loves a comeback tale.
Was Biden the comeback kid? Creepy grinning aside, he became passionate and was detailed, projecting the older and wiser image in contrast to Ryan’s young and innocent projection. Biden was not only the comeback kid in regards to his own image, but also in regards to the campaign, giving it a needed boost after Obama’s poor debate last week.
Biden crushed Ryan on many issues, but mainly Afghanistan. Maddow does a good explanation of that.
One question to leave thinking about though, that a man on MSNBC asked, was if it was correct to ask a question about abortion in regards to both men’s Catholicism? He argues it was not correct, as there is a separation of church and state, but I think that is the exact reason why the question was asked…given that Ryan’s answer implied a desire to end Roe v. Wade.