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October 11, 2012 10:14 PM Veep Live-Blogging IV

By Ed Kilgore

Suddenly off to defense spending.

* Biden does good job hitting Ryan on sequester and defense spending generally.

* Afghanistan: Ryan spends some time making sure Romney’s failure to mention troops in convention speech is offset.

* Biden links Afghanistan back to al-Qaeda, OBL. Good general rap on Afghanistan. Ryan on defensive. Switches back to general “unraveling” argument against Obama foreign policy. Now back to “no timeline” rap, and “emboldening” argument. Bad subject for Ryan.

* Raddetz dragging us all into the time machine, debating the “surge.”

* Don’t know how good it is for Biden to debate moderator, but he’s winning.

* “That’s what we call the fighting season.” Ryan showing his military chops, not that anyone has any idea what he’s talking about. Crosstalk totally losing audience.

* Now Syria. More opportunity for arguments the audience knows nothing about. But Biden’s good in initial response, and then sets up Ryan with suggestion GOPers want war.

* Ryan playing to base on UN-bashing. Why not?

* For about fourth time, Biden talks over Raddetz when she’s asking Ryan tough questions. He wisely goes silent when she challenges Ryan on criteria for deploying U.S. troops.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • T2 on October 11, 2012 10:37 PM:

    Ryan....when asked what, specifically, Romney/Ryan would do on most anything, he just has NO answer. Always reverts to what they would have done, in the past, differently. No future policy at all.That's my takeaway.

  • exlibra on October 11, 2012 10:53 PM:

    * For about fourth time, Biden talks over Raddetz when she’s asking Ryan tough questions. -- Ed Kilgore

    Not the way I saw it. Biden talked over Martha (Kilgore, himself, spelled her surname 5 different ways in his blogging, sometimes giving two different spellings in the same post; you can't expect a dumb Polack to do any better, so I won't try) *not* when she tried to ask Ryanocchio tough questions; he talked over her when she let The-Long-Nosed-One get away with a choice bit of BS which she either missed or let slide for the sake of sticking to the time schedule.

  • Joe Friday on October 11, 2012 11:04 PM:

    Biden did a GREAT job of schooling Ryan on WHY there are less American troops in Afghanistan which he was complaining about, BECAUSE they are being replaced by Afghan troops.