And with the Romney/Ryan ticket taking its first lead in the RealClearPolitics average, it’s imperative that the gaffe prone Mr. Biden play it cool and not say anything really stupid.
The tale of the tape…
Vice President Biden:
Biden does a great job – or at least thinks he does – connecting with the blue-collar, middle class voters. So expect to hear anecdotes about him taking the train to work as a Senator and caring for his two boys after a tragic car accident took the life of his wife and daughter.
And Biden shouldn’t have any problems in the foreign policy arena, having spent many of his 36 years in the Senate on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
However Biden’s most likely to shine in the area of demagoguery.
Don’t expect him to neglect to comment on Romney’s 47% gaffe. And expect him to
attack Romney more than Ryan. The most important thing Biden must do on Thursday is restore all the “straw men” surrounding Mr. Romney that Obama allowed him to neutralize in their first debate.
Expect to hear the same tired attacks about outsourcing, Republicans only caring about the rich and how Romney will gut the social safety net. Expect Biden to come to the debate PREPARED and to level the playing field.
The best thing Ryan has going for him is his grasp of budgetary issues and his eloquence in explaining Republican positions.
Expect him to lay into the Vice-President if Obamacare comes up zeroing in on how it guts Medicare. Ryan is also going to know how to convey conservative positions to Democrat and Independent voters, being that he’s been elected for the past 12 years to the House of
Representatives from a minority Republican district.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could handle a “forensic assassin” like Biden, but I don’t know if I place that kind of faith in Mr. Ryan. Ryan’s strength lies in his ability to explain very complicated issues- but can he do it in 60 seconds or less? Especially with Mr. Biden interrupting and throwing
condescending remarks at the young Mr. Ryan.
My gut tells me that Mr. Biden has got the edge and will probably win.
But I was mostly wrong about how I thought the first debate between Mr. Romney and the President would transpire, so maybe Ryan will shock the World and spank Biden like Romney did Obama.