People see what they want to see. So while I thought Joe Biden made himself an unlikable fellow with his rapid blinking and creepy smirk, I wasn’t sure how his mannerisms would play with the rest of the country.
Today, most of the polls seem to show Ryan winning the debate, if narrowly. But ultimately, I think it was a solid Ryan win. Biden’s likability factor has been tarnished and sadly, for many Americans, elections are popularity contests. Biden has been promoted as a man with experience, and Ryan held his own against him, making himself look more vice presidential. At this stage in the game, even a draw would have been a win for the Romney campaign – basically anything that doesn’t hinder Romney’s momentum is a plus.
Could Ryan have dealt with Biden better? Probably. The “liar liar pants on fire” meme has been developing within Democrat ranks since the Romney/Obama debate, and I suspect Obama will bring it to the next debate. But how does one deal it appropriately? Is staying calm and pleasantly stating the facts enough?