And he still couldn’t win
Well, the strategy was clear last night, and it followed along with what has been the Obama administration’s SOP since inauguration day: distract the American people.
The Vice President of the United States sounded more like an angry guy sitting on a bar stool, chirping at whoever will listen. Paul Ryan was the level-headed guy who walked over and asked him to calm down, and Biden lashed out at him. This was certainly less of a debate and more of a bar fight.
The Obama camp knew full well that if the two men were to engage in a legitimate, intellectual conversation, Ryan would have run circles around Biden. David Axelrod and the Democrat strategists were perfectly content with keeping this “debate” as a sideshow, keeping the eyes of independents away from the reality of the situation, and more focused on the spectacle of a politician completely losing his composure in a formal setting.
The Dems took a calculated risk last night. They decided that appearing rude was better than appearing completely incompetent.