Since the vice presidential debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden, conservatives and liberals have been at loggerheads over several questions — questions like, “Was Biden too rude?” Or, “Was Martha Raddatz a good moderator?” Generally, among liberals, the answer to the former is “no” and the answer to the latter is “yes,” while with conservatives, the answer has been the reverse.
But no one has asked what Raddatz herself thought of Biden’s performance, at least until now. And even if conservatives didn’t like her performance as moderator, they might be pleasantly surprised at what she had to say on that topic. Near the tail end of the second part of this week’s “This Week” on ABC, Raddatz told the panel that Biden’s performance was simply a mismatch for the setting, and came off as bombastic even to her (emphasis added):
Well, let me tell you one thing. For instance, I didn’t see Paul Ryan drinking all that water, ever, because when I was asking — because you’re so in the moment, and you’re asking Joe Biden a question. But I think right away, you knew what the strategy was.
But one of the things I think Joe Biden did was in that intimate — in that little intimate table, it was very small, he was too big. He was like he was at a campaign event. So you could even — you could feel that, especially at that table, that — that Joe Biden was so aggressive. So there were surprises there. I was surprised at Paul Ryan, that he didn’t jump in more, but that was clearly the strategy. But when you walk off, you’re not quite sure how it went.
Watch Raddatz’s comments near the end of the following video, courtesy of ABC News:
Given the conservative perception that Raddatz — perhaps intentionally — was too soft on the vice president, this assessment will likely strike critics of the administration as particularly damning. Losing the moderator is not typically an easy path to winning the viewers.