Fred Barnes at The Weekly Standard was clearly fuming over the pasting Biden gave Ryan in the one and only vice-presidential debate. In a piece titled Biden Bombs, Barnes writes almost screaming at his readers:
“You don’t win a nationally televised debate by being rude and obnoxious. You don’t win by interrupting your opponent time after time after time or by being a blowhard. You don’t win with facial expressions, especially smirks or fake laughs, or by pretending to be utterly exasperated with what your opponent is saying.”
William Kristol, also writing in The Weekly Standard, tried simply to write the debate off as being inconsequential while finding a ball game far more memorable:
The truth is the world will little note nor long remember what was said in Danville. The world will remember—certainly some of us will remember—what happened a few hours before at Nationals Park: Jayson Werth's 13-pitch at bat leading off the ninth-inning, culminating in a walk off home run that won the game and tied the Nats-Cards division series at 2-2.
…which doesn’t say much for what Kristol thinks of Paul Ryan.
Stephen ‘Smokey’ Hayes, yet another neocon writer with The Weekly Standard, simply echoed the agreed to propaganda line and view of Commentary writer, Jonathan Tobin, that Biden had ‘thrown the US intelligence community under the bus’ over the Benghazi killings.
Far from ‘bombing’ as Barnes asserts, Biden seems to have held his own very well if the extent of criticism from the ultra-right and the neocons is anything to go by. Ex-CIA chief Michael Hayden and ex-Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff were both scathing in their criticism of Biden (did the phrase ‘throwing the intelligence community under the bus’ originate from one or the other of these neocons?) to the point where one might consider they ‘protesteth too much’.