Spoke Larry Johnson now and again throughout my on-air live broadcast of the Joe Biden and Paul Ryan debate in Kentucky, and then spoke Mona Charen, David Drucker, Salena Zito, Lara Brown, Bill Whalen, John Fund after the closing statements by the debaters. Uniformly the measure was that Joe Biden was rude, theatrical, obnoxious, aggressive, irritating, unsober. The compulsive and contrived laughter (see below) was cringe-making. The assumption of my guests is that Biden chose to disrupt Paul Ryan's remarks some 82 times because he was looking to dominate the evening. Salena Zito declared this bullying, and no one disagreed. Paul Ryan showed himself a rookie on the national debating field, and there were several instances where Ryan chose not to refute VPOTUS directly on inconsistences or blather.
Joe Biden stumbled in the first round of remarks on Benghazi, where his bluster about bringing the attackers to justice and getting "to the bottom of" the attack was ineffective at best. Biden's claim that "we didn't know" about requests for additional security at Benghazi is in disagreement with documents and statements by officials. There will be fact checking and challenge. Benghazi repeatedly reveals a weakness in policy that the Obama White House cannot solve despite more and more retelling. No one in OFA seems to have the timeline; and perhaps no one in the White House is in position to supply a timeline to the campaign. Will POTUS be pressed on Benghazi at the next presidential debate? Perhaps. POTUS will certainly be obliged to explain the Benghazi fail at the third debate on foreign policy. For now, the instapolls show a mixed picture for the Biden-Ryan exchange, with several (CNN, CNBC, AP) showing Ryan winning, and a few (CBS undecided voters, Reuters) showing Biden winning. The result is a shrug for a likely tie. Ryan showed he could stay at the table with a rude elder. Biden showed he could sing opera. I am relieved I do not need to find a medical explanation for Biden's conduct.