The debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan started harsh and only got more and more brutal as it proceeded, with Vice President Joe Biden attacking Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan with gusto, repeatedly speaking over him, openly snickering and shaking his head at Ryan’s answers, and essentially giving the impression of a heckler.
And needless to say, the strategy garnered a lot of responses from opinion-makers. Below are some of the most hilarious/strange/interesting responses to the Biden/Ryan debate:
Joe Biden has laughed so hard he’s lost his voice. #vpdebate
— Chris Rock (@chrisrockoz) October 12, 2012
Joe, seriously, STOP SMIRKING. This is serious stuff. Be Vice-Presidential. #PMTdebate
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 12, 2012
Apparently raising your voice & pounding the table is what Grimacing Joe does when cornered. #debate
— Karl Rove (@KarlRove) October 12, 2012
Biden’s strategy seems to be to laugh at Ryan constantly. Will it work to infantalize Ryan, or backfire like Gore sighing?
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) October 12, 2012
Joe Biden needs to realize this isn’t a Senate Foreign Relations Hearing. His laughter and condescending attitude is a disaster.
— Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) October 12, 2012
Can’t tell yet if Biden’s smirking, laughs, eye-rolling, head shaking, works for him or not against the oh-so-young looking eager Ryan.
— Paul Bedard(@SecretsBedard) October 12, 2012
Joe! Stop smiling and laughing! #vpdebate
— Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) October 12, 2012
This Biden guy is awesome! I hope he keeps that nice sleepy black guy on the ticket!
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) October 12, 2012
CNN declared the debate itself a draw, but several of its commentators, including David Gergen and Alex Castellanos, gave the style points to Ryan. Summing this perspective up more bluntly, Fox News’ Chris Wallace called this the most “openly disrespectful” debate performance he had ever seen over 52 years of watching debates.