Alternet / Adele M. Stan / Oct. 11, 2012
In a lively contrast to last week’s presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, tonight’s match-up between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican rival Rep. Paul Ryan offered moments of riveting television as Biden used his populist persona to full effect against the wonkish and prevaricating Ryan.
In a discussion surprisingly heavy on foreign policy, the two also sparred over the federal budget, Medicare and reproductive rights — with Ryan making the surprising claim that the courts should have no role in deciding the legality of abortion.
With the first few moments, it seemed that the whole mood of the liberal blogosphere turned from despair to elation amid a chorus of “Attaboy!” — especially among those who gathered on Twitter and other social media. And unlike Obama, Biden held no fire on the subject of Romney’s infamous comments about the 47 percent of the American people who he described as victim-conscious drags on the economy. [Read more…]