Pondering the vice presidential debate this morning after a good night’s sleep, I’ve decided that Joe Biden got the better of the battle in one overriding respect:
Paul Ryan’s performance, while at least acceptable to Republican partisans, did little or nothing to advance the GOP ticket’s cause beyond the gains made by Mitt Romney in his debate last week with Barack Obama.
But Biden, on the other hand, seems to have stanched the bleeding suffered by the Democratic ticket after Obama’s listless performance against Romney. Hence, advantage Biden.
Then, too, as Steve Benen acutely OBSERVES:
[T]he Democratic post-debate message was that Joe Biden scored a clear win; the Republican message was that Joe Biden was too mean to Paul Ryan. The former is a boast of success; the latter is an excuse for failure.
Benen also notes:
CBS News did a poll of undecided voters who thought Biden won by a fairly large margin, but they also reached an even more interesting conclusion: whereas before the debate, these voters thought Ryan was better prepared to serve as an effective president, after the debate, the results flipped in Biden’s favor.