Dan Majestic writes from Danville, Kentucky: I don’t know about you but I thought the TV debate between Vice President Joe Biden and vice-presidential Republican hopeful Paul Ryan proved one thing beyond any doubt: that a man who’s not exactly suitable to be in politics in the first place has been just one heartbeat away from the US presidency for the past four years.
Yes, Mr Biden is living proof that anyone in America can reach the highest office, and in his case anyone has. And to think that Democrats and their allies in the entertainment industry had made a huge fuss about Sarah Palin and the possibility of her moving into the White House in case, you know, her boss kicked the bucket . I’m sorry, but Ms Palin looked like a heavyweight compared to good old Joe. And he does look old, doesn’t he?
I am not saying here that Mr Ryan came across as a huge intellectual bristling with charisma – there’s something about his narrow wrinkled brow and heavily scripted speech that put me off him – but compared to Joe he looked more impressive and, I’m afraid, saner. VP Biden overdid it with his smirks and sarcastic smiles that he obviously rehearsed a lot, to look superior and distinguished. At times I was actually wishing that he’d have to rush to the toilet or something, so that I would not need to see his deeply unpleasant grinning mug.
As for the substance of the debate, well, there was none really. It was all about scoring points at the expense of the opponent, with VP Biden obviously feeling more under pressure as he was supposedly firing up the Democrats after that debate that President Barack Obama had lost to Republican candidate Mitt Romney. No mean feat, mind you, considering that Mr Obama is supposedly oozing charisma and is a ‘brilliant public speaker, as lefties always remind everyone in case they forget, while his opponent has a reputation of being wooden and boring. And now that the dust has settled, it looks even odder, with people scratching their heads and asking themselves: what if Obama was never any good and we just fell for him because we were all fed up with that village idiot George Bush?
Anyway, the Biden/Ryan TV debate obviously didn’t really change anything in respect of opinion polls but it reminded lots of people that they have a buffoon for Vice President who actually – God forbid, of course – could end up in the White House if something happens to President Obama. And that would mean that the only superpower in the world with enough weapons to destroy the planet a thousand times over would be run by a nonentity who was selected for the sole reason that he would not overshadow the President and pose any danger to him. That weird smile of his alone should make Americans seriously worried.
All eyes, we are told, will now be on the next TV debate between Obama and Romney, to see whether it was just a fluke that it went in favour of the Republican candidate. But my bet is still on Obama winning in November, even if he loses both of the remaining debates. I just can’t imagine Romney becoming president, what with his strange religious beliefs and obsession with money.