October 12, 2012
WALL STREET JOURNAL: The Bully vs. the Wonk. The Veep’s strategy: Show contempt for your opponent. “So now we know what Team Obama’s comeback plan was following last week’s defeat in the Presidential debate. Unleash Joe Biden to interrupt, filibuster, snarl, smirk and otherwise show contempt for Paul Ryan. The carnival act contributed to the least illuminating presidential or vice presidential debate of our lifetimes. . . . No doubt the performance cheered Democrats who needed cheering after last week, but we wonder how well it played with independents or undecided voters who tuned in to learn something. . . . On nearly every specific issue on which Mr. Biden attacked, he was demonstrably wrong.”
It’s surreal to think that Biden was added to the ticket four years ago because he was thought to bring some foreign-policy gravitas to the ticket. It’s disturbing to think that it might nonetheless have been true. . . .