I don’t watch much of the debates, which surprises my friends.
I watched about 10 minutes of last night’s debate. Here are some of the things I observed and some thoughts on what I have heard since.
Joe Biden reminded me of Will Farrell’s character in the late summer movie, The Campaign. Fake teeth, hair plugs and cheesy charm and all.
More folks should be bothered with the way politicians on both sides refer to ‘tax plans’. It’s unclear what the point of their ‘tax plans’ are. It seems like one key point is to raise even more tax revenue. I don’t care about raising more tax revenue. I would rather hear politicians talk about how they are going to lower spending and minimize taxes for everyone and do the job of executing the Constitution with the most minimal impact on society as possible. Since we don’t hear much of that, I know the direction of government is still a long way from where I’d like it to be.
Democrats say that it was a draw or gave a slight edge to Biden. I even heard some Democrats praise Biden for his distracting behavior. If a Republican acted in the same fashion, I doubt the Democrats would be praising it. They would call it a loss.
I don’t often quote the Bible, but a caller to a radio show this morning shared his thought on the debate in the form of Proverbs 29:9 and I thought it was good:
If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
Biden’s remarks on Iran scared me and would have been enough for me to decide not to vote for that ticket if I was undecided.
I heard Ryan give a few zingers. I thought that bringing the unemployed back into the economic picture and saying that they aren’t feeling the recovery was a good line.
However, I also think Ryan (again in my small sample of about ten minutes) got into eye-glaze territory when he was explaining his Medicare proposal.
Just scoring on body language — which is about what any of these things are good for — I would say Ryan carried himself well against a more seasoned performer.
Ryan looked more ‘vice-presidential’ and like he has some future leadership potential. He didn’t fumble, which is all he needed to do.
As I mentioned earlier, Biden looked like a caricature of a politician portrayed by Ferrell.