“It’s clear“, writes Stacy McCain scoring Ryan the winner in last night’s debate, that Vice President Joe “Biden was advised to be aggressive, to bulldoze, interrupt and filibuster, to treat Ryan with contempt.” “No doubt”, Fred Barnes concurs, “Biden was told to be aggressive. No doubt he was told not to let Ryan get away with anything. No doubt he was told not to let the moderator, ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz, restrain him.”
Seems the Obama team thought rude Joe would help the Democratic ticket, but it sure didn’t help them with one group which leans slightly toward the president’s party. Women were particularly put off by the Vice President’s behavior. Note that the three participants in this focus group who responded to Frank Luntz’s point about Biden’s interruption and occasional laughter were all women:
“Even“, notes Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, CNN’s Gloria Borger admits, “He was condescending at times to Paul Ryan. I think I could have done with a lot less eye-rolling and chuckling on the part of Joe Biden.”
That said, this does seem to have played quite well with the Democrats’ face. My liberal Facebook friends are beside themselves with glee; one offered, “Ok so maybe Biden shouldn’t have laughed and snickered so much…but how could you not when your debating Eddie Munster?” FWIW, haven’t caught any of them praising Biden for defending Obama, instead they’re hailing him for attacking Ryan.
Maybe they decided to make a test of the angry, rude Joe to see how it plays as a possible strategy for Obama next week. This strategy looks like a winner if the goal is to fire up the base, but, it ends up, as David French puts it, making the Democratic “ticket less likable, thus continuing to squander a key favorability advantage.“
“Biden pumped up partisan Democrats,” Michael Barone concludes, “but failed to win over the voters who are taking a serious look at Romney at a point when he is up in national polls.” The angry strategy ain’t a winner, save among Democratic partisans.
UPDATE: Referencing the “War on Women” about which Democrats have spoken much, Ed Driscoll links this quip, “Tonight, Joe Biden is embodying everything that women hate about talking with men.”
UP-UPDATE: “The left is cheering Joe Biden’s meltdown,” observes Hugh Hewitt, “which is itself an indication of how far it has lost its bearings.“