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Slow Joe’s Meltdown and Paul Ryan’s Reassuring Calm

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The left is cheering Joe Biden’s meltdown, which is itself an indication of how far it has lost its bearings.

A solid majority of American’s will view the Vice President’s debate performance as at best rude, at worst disturbing. Brit Hume’s summary –“a cranky old man”– is already being amplified across all networks except MSNBC, and the damage to the Demcoatic ticket is not merely the lost opportunity to arrest the president’s free fall in the polls but also in the hit on the ticket’s now vanished “likeability” advantage.

When the substantive examination begins, it will focus on the Veep’s two astonishing claims: (1) that the Administration did not have warnings about the security situation in Libya and (2) that Iran’s nuclear program is not a problem in the near term because it doesn’t have a delivery system. Both are bizarre and unsupported assertions, and when the wildly off-putting anctics are added in, a very bad night for the Democrats. Again.

Congressman Ryan turned in a sober, reassuring and detailed performance, winning new fans and solidifying his ticket’s lead, which is growing.

UPDATES: The Wall Street Journal’s summary is pitch perfect.

So now we know what Team Obama’s comeback plan was following last week’s defeat in the Presidential debate. Unleash Joe Biden to interrupt, filibuster, snarl, smirk and otherwise show contempt for Paul Ryan. The carnival act contributed to the least illuminating presidential or vice presidential debate of our lifetimes….

But this 90 minutes wasn’t about an exchange of ideas or a debate over policies. It was a Democratic show of contempt for the opposition, an attempt to claim by repetitive assertion that Messrs. Ryan and Romney are radicals who want to destroy “the middle class.” Mr. Ryan’s cool under assault was a visual rebuttal of that claim, and we certainly know who looked more presidential.

Add to that the growing chorus of “angry old man” conclusions, and there’s a disaster developing for the Democrats, the third in a row after President Obama’s pratfall and the collapse of the Libyan cover-up. (Stephanie Cutter might be counted as a fourth.)

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