Real-time analysis of the meeting between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan in Danville, Kentucky
10:30 p.m. Well this was quite a debate! I enjoyed the back and forth, and the table format made this very much like the angry Christmas dinner I was hoping for.
Conclusions: Biden was fiery and confrontational. Liberals will love it. Conservatives will hate it. As for those in between: I think some of the back and forth was a little hard-edged, but for the most part, Biden comes across as sincere, honest, and tough -- and that kind of energy really helped land some punches. I remember what Joe Biden said tonight. I don't remember what Paul Ryan said. That's not good in any debate; it's very bad in a vice-presidential debate -- when the point is to break through and make news that carries forward. Because ultimately this election isn't about these two people, it's about the two people they work for.
And on foreign policy, Paul Ryan was just out of his element, and Raddatz being the moderator meant there was a whole lot of foreign policy. As I said earlier, it was like Joe Biden speaking his native language, and Paul Ryan trying to remember what he learned on his flash cards. Not good for a guy auditioning for a job that's all about seeming ready for a job. Best sign of the night for those hoping this brought the debate scorecard to 1-1: The spin from Team Romney that's all about Biden's demeanor. Lame!