Debates between vice presidential running mates are not as closely watched as those between the presidential candidates, but Twitter was still abuzz last night. Big Bird memes were replaced with “laughingJoeBiden” and “malarkey” (and “stuff,” and other euphemisms for “bullsh*t” used by the veep).
Two main differences from last week’s debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney: This time the Democrat came out with guns blazing, and Thursday evening felt far more civil, calm, structured and substantive — even at its most heated moments. This might be a credit to Martha Raddatz, the stalwart moderator, who was praised by some (mainly liberals) for pressing the candidates to answer her questions and villified by others (conversatives) for interrupting the men to hold them to their time.
Some worried Biden was rude and condescending, smiling during Ryan’s answers, laughing, and gesturing wildly. Others praised his assertiveness. Ryan took it in stride, responding with charm and grace, and even getting a few of his own barbs in. Whether either candidate scored higher on facts and persuasion depends entirely on your political outlook, if Twitter is any indication.
Looking at the reactions on the liberal and conservative sides, it seems that the more you sided with the Democrats, the better you think Biden did, and the more you side with the Republicans, the better you think Paul Ryan did. And perhaps that’s just how it should be. Most people have taken sides by now.
Look at the reactions from last night below and tell us where you fall.