We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Tonight will be our one chance to see Ryan and Biden face off. Unlike the last debate, where every MSM op-ed in the Central Galaxy predicted an Obama slam-dunk, I note that no one is predicting such an outcome tonight.
Because two things are true:
1. As everyone knows, Romney is extremely gaffe-prone. Just ask any objective, independent MSM reporter. But Romney won't be there tonight.
2. As everyone knows, Biden actually is gaffe-prone, and just because the protective MSM won't admit it doesn't make it any less true. It could pop out at any second.
Personally, if I were a Democratic operative, I'd be terrified.
I wonder if we'll see the words "draw" or "tie" tomorrow. If I were an MSM writer, I'd already be composing my "It was a draw" article. You know Ryan won't actually 'lose'; the only question is whether or not Biden will, and as long as he doesn't say anything too outlandish or (as they'll say in future elections) pull an Obama, they'll figure a tie is more than satisfactory.
One thing I think we'll see tonight is how much more of a 'regular guy' Ryan is, as referred to the heartless number-cruncher he's usually portrayed as. We'll need that since Biden's 'Regular Joe' persona is well crafted. Despite it being a complete lie, he really does come across as the working man's best friend in Congress.
If I were his press agent, I'd have the Callous Lady come in to rub small callouses on his hands. Then I'd have a cued reporter ask him about them at the next televised press conference.
"Say, Joe, are those callouses on your hands?"
"Uh-yup! I got dem choppin' me up some firewood!"
The show starts at 9 Eastern. More details here. It should be streamed from both that link and YouTube. On the subject, I would note that there are different streamcasts available. The first one I tried during the last debate was plastering these insipid Twitter comments across the bottom of the screen. I hunted around and found a 'clean' version.
For your reading pleasure, I highly recommend this article. That's the kind of post that actually sways voters.
Bear in mind Ryan has two debate opponents, both of whom are likely to be awake. Romney got lucky last week. Both of his opponents were asleep. What are the odds of that ever happening again? You can bet the dems are now being a lot tougher vetting the MSM mods. Probably rehearsing them on debate day.