Do you ever get the feeling that Tea Party Republicans see the phrase “Ignorance Is Bliss” as a Mission Statement?


When you let Joe be Joe.... he always delivers!

And may I be the first to congratulate President Obama for being one of the most intelligent men in the world. I knew when he picked Joe Biden for his Vice President that the "perfect team" had been formed!  You Rocked Joe and the President will Rock next week!-Mem

What They’re Saying: A Clash Between Conviction and Empty Promises

Tonight, Americans saw a clash between facts and conviction on one side and glib lines and empty promises on the other. This debate showed that facts and details matter – and it’s clear tonight that with their total disregard for either, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan know they can’t defend their indefensible plans. It exposed the extreme risk Romney-Ryan economics pose for American middle-class and to our leadership in the world.

And with facts, convictions and straightforward answers, Vice President Biden illustrated how he’s spent a lifetime fighting for the middle class and how he and President Obama will continue doing so in a second term.

Read some of the early reactions to the debate below:

Biden Dominated Ryan…
CBS News @CBSNews .@CBSNews INSTANT POLL of Undecided Voters: Who won#VPdebate? BIDEN: 50% RYAN: 31% TIE: 19% Live
Larry Sabato@LarrySabato Pretty obvious that Biden had the edge in this debate. Ryan was workmanlike but Biden dominated.
Laura Rozen @lrozen Biden came off as more experienced, trustworthy MT@LarrySabato: Pretty obvious Biden had edge in debate. Ryan workmanlike Biden dominated.
Joe Hagan ‏@joehagansays Translation: Biden won. RT @ryanjreilly: RT @KarlRove: I miss Jim Lehrer.
Michael Hastings @mmhastings Media consensus forming? Biden easily handling Ryan...
David Gregory ‏@davidgregory Advantage here is for Biden. Swarming Ryan. Throwing a lot of punches. Talking a lot. Debating.
Michael Cohen @speechboy71 Agreed RT @davekarpf: I don't think it was a Biden win. I think it was Biden winmaggedon.
George Zornick @gzornick How you know Ryan lost: RT@thinkprogress: Right-wing trashing debate
Brett LoGiurato @BrettLoGiurato MSNBC declaring Biden the winner. Fox News focusing exclusively on Biden's smirking.#VPdebate
Garrett Haake @GarrettNBCNews  There's also this: hearing a lot of conservative sniping at Raddatz. Generally, complaining about the moderator means you think you lost
Larry Sabato ‏@LarrySabato You have to admit, Biden is on fire.
Andrew Sullivan @sullydishnow I think Ryan's inability to answer that question - how do you pay for it? - has to be the driving question
Paul Begala ‏@PaulBegala  Ryan on defense, big-time. As Mitt said, "If you're explaining, you're losing."
Sam Stein @samsteinhp fair to say Biden is speaking with details and Ryan in broad platitudes. reflects their backgrounds on this subject matter

Ryan Couldn’t Produce Details….
John Heilemann ‏@jheil Biden is a human Politifact tonight.
Sam Stein ‏@samsteinhp fair to say Biden is speaking with details and Ryan in broad platitudes. reflects their backgrounds on this subject matter
Jim Acosta @jimacostacnn Pressed for specifics on how to pay for their tax plan, Ryan declines: "Deny those loopholes and deductions" to wealthy but no details
TIMEPolitics ‏@TIMEPolitics @michaelscherer: Killer question: If Romney elected "should those that believe abortion remain legal be worried"? Ryan had no clear answer"
David Firestone ‏@fstonenyt  Ryan caught without an actual position on when to leave Afghanistan.
Chuck Todd ‏@chucktodd Biden with one of the better responses to the $716B Medicare cut attack I've heard from them. Talking to seniors about donut hole; smart

Sam Stein @samsteinhp Paul Ryan seems to be unaware that there are revisions to past jobs reports

ThinkProgress ‏@thinkprogress Ryan claims the Ryan/Romney plan doesn't increase defense spending by $2 trillion. FALSE
Patricia Zengerle ‏@ReutersZengerle That $716 billion claim has been repeatedly disputed.
PolitiFact ‏@politifact  Are Romney-Ryan changing Medicare to voucher plan? That's Mostly True.  #debate
PolitiFact ‏@politifact  Six studies back up Romney tax plan? Mostly False. #debates
Josh Barro ‏@jbarro  Those "six studies" Ryan talks about? Five are op-eds and blog posts, two of them are by the same author, and none hold water.

Vice President Biden Had the Edge on the Economy…

Jacob Sullum@jacobsullum Biden is right about Bush's fiscal recklessness. It might help Ryan's credibility to acknowledge that.#debates
Andrew Sullivan ‏@sullydish Biden finally, finally hits back at the gall of Ryan and Romney and the Republicans in blaming the debt on Obama.
Katty Kay ‏@KattyKayBBC  Biden scoring better on that addictive CNN instant-poll when he talks about economy and the middle class.
Ezra Klein ‏@ezraklein  So will Romney-Ryan pledge to not pass any tax reform that doesn't include Dem votes? Cause if not, I don't get this answer.

Vice President Biden Has the Edge on Foreign Policy…
Wall Street Journal: “Is Mr. Biden's effort to highlight the coalition supporting the trade and financial sanctions on Iran a veiled dig at former President George W. Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq without much foreign backing? He seems to be calling Messrs. Ryan and Romney's bluff on the tough talk about Iran.”

Anthony De Rosa @AntDeRosa Ryan seems a bit out of his element talking about Iran, Biden has far more experience here

Sam Youngman @samyoungman You, sir, are no Ayatollah

Jennifer Epstein @jeneps lots of Ryan-Raddatz crosstalk. now Biden cutting in: "Let me tell you what the ayatollah sees, the economy crippled..."
John Heilemann @jheil Really, Ryan is just talking total crap on the sanctions against Iran.#fact
Jordan Fabian @Jordanfabian  Biden on Iran: "We will not let them acquire a nuclear weapon period." Suggests GOP might want to go to war with Iran. #debate2012
Michael Cohen @speechboy71 Pretty much nothing that Ryan just said on Iran is true.
Byron Tau ‏@ByronTau Doesn't Ryan's admission that they want to solve Iran without war undermine his credibility argument? Credibility would entail possible war?

If you have a little extra throw it in the pot!-Mem
Oct.12, 1012
Republicans are crying this morning and complaining that Joe was rude and didn't take the debate seriously.  Well you know what I do when someone lies...I call them a liar or I laugh at them! Republicans are screaming that Joe was rude and interrupted but yet when Mitt Romney was rude and continued to interrupt the President, he was strong.  Get over it hypocrites and stop being such big babies!  Joe was Joe and he kicked Ryan's butt with facts! -Mem

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