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Friday, October 12, 2012

The Unhinged Biden Monologue

I watched the debate and it turned out much as I expected. The MSM narrative now is that Biden was offensive and Ryan defensive. If this had been a fight instead of a debate I'd have to give it to Biden. Biden was rude, overbearing, offensive, and a thoroughgoing boor. Ryan should have pushed back a little more, there's no doubt about that. Perhaps he was coached not to. Maybe they were worried that the old guy would stroke out or burst a coronary if Ryan pressed him too hard.

This wasn't supposed to be a fight though, it was supposed to be a debate. Each side was supposed to get two minutes to respond to the questions asked by the moderator. Ryan never once interrupted Biden during Biden's time, while Biden never once allowed Ryan to have his two minutes. The moderator never once admonished Biden for his incessant interruptions. Those watching on the right probably thought it unfair that the debate seemed to be almost a tag-team of Joe Biden and Martha Raddatz against Paul Ryan. I've seen something like this before by the the horse races. They call it handicapping:
In a horse handicap race (sometimes called just "handicap"), each horse must carry a specified weight called the impost, assigned by the Racing secretary based on factors such as performances, distance so as to equalize the chances of the competitors. To supplement the combined weight of jockey and saddle, up to the assigned impost, lead weights are carried in saddle pads with pockets, called lead pads.
It's too bad going in that Ryan didn't have more practice at talking through interruptions. They could have used firecrackers and air-horns and maybe those clown-horn things. They could have had Ryan practice debating with Drill Instructor Ermey, or something—anything—to try and rattle him, make him learn not to hesitate when he's hitting his stride; just bull loudly through and finish his point come hell or highwater. They could have, but they didn't. For some reason they didn't train Ryan to debate an overtalker:
Overtalker: A rude person that interrupts people and speaks over them if they don't concede to being interrupted. They generally have a disregard for anything others are talking about. They are known to be loud, obnoxious, and generally inconsiderate of normal social-speaking etiquette. They do this in such a fashion that others wonder if they have ADHD, Tourette's Syndrome or some other mental disorder that makes them incapable of carrying on a conversation, instead turning it into a monologue.
After watching the whole thing, here's what I came away with. Paul Ryan's a nice guy. Joe Biden is this close { } to being completely crazy. He was clearly unhinged last night. Especially with that almost insane smile he kept the whole time like he'd gone completely 'round the bend:

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