I’m not sure if it was the format, the moderator, or the clash of personalities on stage, but the one-and-only 2012 Vice Presidential debate was an ordeal more than anything else.
Without getting bogged down in the weeds, it seemed that Ryan built a steady, consistent lead over Biden, who was angry, combative, and constantly trying to talk over both the moderator and Ryan.
What really matters, however, is that the Democrats were desperate for a Biden knockout of Ryan to counter Romney’s destruction of Obama in Denver, and they did not come close to getting it.
The best case scenario for Democrats is that Americans became disgusted with the format and cut the debate off. If they watched the whole thing, they saw a young congressman hold his own and occasionally out-point a veteran for a minor victory.
Vice President Ryan.
Get used to saying that.