Friday, October 28th, 2016

Biden the “opinionated uncle at the Thanksgiving table”


The National Journal offered five takeaways from Thursday night’s Vice Presidential debate. Number four was particularly interesting:

4. The contrast in style between the two men was every bit as great as expected. Ryan was cool, in command, and as disciplined as his renowned exercise workouts (the only sign of nerves was his tendency to repeatedly sip water). He seemed like an MBA who didn’t need the PowerPoint because he had mastered to memory every single slide. Biden was more the corner barkeeper, or the opinionated uncle at the Thanksgiving table: he interrupted, harrumphed, and rolled his eyes. But he avoided any of the obvious gaffes that Democrats feared, stayed on point through his answers, systematically marched through the criticisms Democrats wanted to hear, and regularly conveyed a gruff straight-talk sincerity — at no point more effectively than when he insisted the administration intended to leave Afghanistan as scheduled in 2014. “We are leaving,” he said, eyes flashing. “We are leaving in 2014. Period.” In all, the man often derided as a tongue-tied Dwight Eisenhower managed to channel more of a “Give ’em Hell, Harry!” Truman.

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