Is this the kind of dignified, respectful tone that Independent voters and women say they want?
Stunning is the first word that came to mind when I watched the first half of the Ryan/Biden debate. In all the years I have been watching debates I have never seen such a negative, over the top performance like the one Vice President Joe Biden exhibited tonight.
He was sneering, angry, rude, disruptive, disrespectful and condescending. The stereotype of a cranky old codger. How will this play with younger voters, women and Independent voters?
He laughed when Ryan discussed sanctions on Iran? To behave in such a way when an issue of war and peace is discussed is beyond the pale.
Contrast that with Ryan who was civil, calm, cool, collected and competent.
Did Biden take the debate seriously?
Can you believe Biden took six days off to practice and this is the best he could do?
Half way through Biden calmed down. His Xanax finally kicked in but the impression of an arrogant, dismissive man was made. All the things Obama said were wrong with our politics were on display in his Vice President's performance tonight!
Initial reactions from Twitchy and Politico confirm my view.
I will update as news and analysis trickles in.