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Joe Gives It A Go?
I have to confess, I did not see the Vice-Presidential Debate. I was listening to the Steelers-Titans Football game, but it sounds like the debate was a lot more interesting than the game.
This was a debate that the Democrats needed to win, or at least make a good showing in. After Obama's timid performance in the first debate.
From what I read in the days following, it seems like Biden's willingness to confront Ryan and the Republican agenda resonated with the Democratic base. I saw a lot of status updates praising Biden for being aggressive and taking Ryan to task.
I can't help but think, or hope, that the Democratic advisers realized that Romney won more on style than on substance. In the first debate, he was, as has become the strategy of the GOP for the last two years, relying on fear and general ideas. Romney stayed away from being specific, save for the attack on Public Broadcasting. If Obama had reminded people what has happened in Wisconsin and Ohio, it may have forced Romney to play defense.
Biden, I wonder, may have been a guinea pig to see what would happen if a more aggressive approach was taken. I think the answer is clear. The content of the next two debates could also be an opportunity for Obama to take a more aggressive tack.
One is on social issues, where Obama can call the GOP out on the various attacks they have made; women, homosexuals, organized labor, Latino's,etc. A second is on foreign policy, when Romney could be linked to the policies that created many of the situations we are in now.
There's still time to show Romney as the candidate of, by, from and for the "%1" that he is. Biden has shown that it can be done.