||October 11, 2012
DEBATE IN DANVILLE (WRITTEN AND BLOGGED DURING THE PROCEEDINGS)
- The candidates have been Get [ting] Ready just like The Temptations did back in 1966. Joe would remember that.
- . . . There are 28 years between the two candidates (Biden’s gonna be 70, Ryan’s 42). So Biden, the Baby Boomer, is more than a generation older than his "Young Gun" -- he co-wrote a book in 2010 called ”Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders” -- opponent. That means that when Biden was 16 (a good high school age), in 1958, "The Purple People Eater” (Sheb Wooley on MGM Records) was Number 1.
- . . . And when “Gen Y'/'Millennial'/'Echo Boomer' Ryan was 16, “Walk Like an Egyptian” (The Bangles, 1986 on Columbia Records) reached Number 1 in December of that year.
- . . . Wonder if he did that funny dance around the pyramids like in the video.
- . . . Ryan seems like he likes to have a good time; he's got that young spirit.
- . . . Both Ryan and Biden are Catholic. Wonder how many Hail Marys they prayed say before tonight's contest?
- . . . Workout pictures of Ryan surfaced today, courtesy of Time magazine. In commemoration of tonight's festivities? They're on the magazine's "LightBox" feature on their website headlined "Paul Ryan: All Pumped Up for his Closeup." Were they making fun of him?
- . . . He looks a bit goofy in some of the shots: looking up, smiling, his ball cap on backwards (hip-hop-ish?) on backwards, ear buds dangling down and biceps bulging.
- . . . He's in shape. He does that Tony Horton P90X extreme workout. He’s a bit thin. Why does he have to work out?
- . . . Let's hope Joe doesn't look down too much while Paul's pontificating. Obama did that while Romney was making his points and people said it didn't look good.
- . . . Joe's got that million dollar smile.
- . . . Early on things sound contentious and argumentative. Biden's raising his voice at the moderator (ABC's Martha Raddatz).
- . . . Ryan keeps his eye on Biden practically the whole time while the sitting vice president talks. He doesn't look down (as Obama did).
- . . . Biden: Blue tie; Ryan: Red tie. Just like Romney and Obama did in their debate.
- . . . Copying the boss.
- . . . Biden's had it "up to here" regarding that 47 per cent thing Romney was talking about. He needs to calm down.
- . . . Ms. Raddatz is observing the Romney campaign's request to address their candidate as "Mr. Ryan." It sounded a little stilted at times.
- . . . Tender mercy stories. Sad sack tales. Yeah, we know the candidates care about the working man/woman. We don't need to be reminded of the kindness and understanding they show for the poor people.
- . . . In the split-screen it seems like Ryan should be on the left-hand side and Biden should be on the right.
- . . . The way they're looking toward questioner Raddatz seems like each is talking off the screen. You need to see a two-shot of them together.
- . . . Just forget the split and show me each candidate and the moderator when each is answering the question and a separate cutaway to see the opponent.
- . . . Tell the director to quit fancying it up. Shoot it as it is and the way the home audience wants.
- . . . Biden calls Raddatz "Martha." She calls him vice president. Raddatz never called them Joe or Paul.
- . . . Joe got a kick out of Paul saying the Democrats got caught with their “hands in the cookie jar” when talking about Medicare benefits. He chucked a couple times.
- . . . Biden laughingly refers to Ryan and his Republican cohorts as "these guys" when knocking down Romney's Medicare plan. Biden talks like one of the boys.
- . . . They've both got those patriotic lapel pins on.
- . . . Ryan's wearing his wedding band; Biden’s not. Wonder what Dr. Jill thinks.
- . . . Biden's getting a kick out of the ‘Young Gun.’ He's showing his seniority.
- . . . Boy, that Paul Ryan's certainly got a widow's peak, just like Eddie Munster.
- . . . Biden shows that million dollar smile a lot. He's full'a teeth. Are they veneers?
- . . . Raddatz is doing a good job of moving things along and controlling the pacing. And she's not afraid to cut them off when she has to move things on.
- . . . They're heading to Afghanistan. Raddatz really knows her stuff on that place.
- . . . "You've been there more than the two of us combined," said Ryan to Martha in reference to the number of trips she's made to the trouble spot.
- . . . I'm wondering if Biden's being the "cannonball" Ryan said he expected a couple of days ago.
- . . . Biden's showing his experience in talking about Afghanistan but seems a bit boastful.
- . . . Ryan does show deference to his elder.
- . . . The long shot of the set looks impressive, clean. The stage looks quite large. The wooden desk looks classy -- not plexiglassy like all the network anchor desks are now.
- . . . "What happens if Assad (Syria) doesn't fall," asked Raddatz first to Ryan.
- . . . Biden reacted incredulously at Ryan's solution to the Syria problem.
- . . . "I don't believe we have a right to tell women what to do," stated Biden on the topic of abortion.
- . . . Both believe life starts at conception, not contraception. Ha Ha Ha.
- . . . Ryan often picks up his water glass and takes a sip. He seems to circulate it around his mouth like one does when you take a swig of mouthwash. But he didn’t gargle.
- . . . He seems thirsty a lot.
- . . . Ryan is knocking down much of what Obama promised he would do four years ago.
- . . . "A debt crisis is coming" (Ryan). Gimme shelter.
- . . . "We're getting speeches and not leadership in this administration," says Ryan.
- . . . Personal character now. What would you bring personally to the office? Ryan: Honesty. Solutions.
- . . . Biden: Level the playing field for middle-class people.
- . . . CLOSING STATEMENTS. Biden: All the people are looking for is a decent shot, a level playing field.
- . . . Ryan: What kind of country are we gonna be? Obama had his chance, his choice. Things aren't working.
- . . . Mitt Romney and I want to earn your support.
- . . . Thanks to both of you," said Raddatz and then she said to the camera, "I hope all of you go to the polls.
- . . . Yes mommy, we will.
- . . . ABC needs to hold back on the praise of its correspondents. Diane Sawyer was gushing over "our own Martha Raddatz."
- . . . Overpraising . . . embarrassingly so.
- . . . After the debate when the families came on stage -- I always like that part -- Ryan's two boys sat in the chairs that daddy and Mr. Biden sat in. One of them was slouching down in it and seemed it cute.
- . . . Somebody on Twitter said that Biden seemed like he swigged down a Red Bull he was so riled up during the debate.
- . . . Somebody also said the age difference in the candidates was very evident.
- . . . UH . . . "Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number" -- 100 Proof (Aged in Soul, on Hot Wax Records, 1971.
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