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Crazy Irish Uncle →

Josh Marshall, in the aftermath of tonight’s Vice Presidential debate:

For reasons that are complicated and juvenile, during his vice presidency a caricature has emerged of Biden as some sort of Crazy Irish Uncle, gaffetastic and corny, a risible figure. That left people unprepared for what they saw tonight. Ryan was unprepared too. Biden’s actually one of sharpest guys in Washington and has been for decades.

I agree — I’ve been surprised for a while about how a good (and certainly fun!) SNL caricature has taken hold in the popular culture.

Concessions →

I was at a ballgame during the first Presidential debate last week.  I was initially disappointed about this, as I like to watch them, but I found the distance helpful.  It was interesting and even illuminating to watch it unfold from inside a baseball stadium — occasional glances at Twitter, reading some blogs after the fact and then a few highlights on whatever channel I might have been watching.

I wanted to mention this after reading Jay Rosen’s latest blog entry, which is linked in the title.  He’s writing about David Gregory’s summary of an SNL sketch about the debate, but it crystallized my own experience from afar: namely, that everyone simply conceded one candidate’s lies before the debate even began.

This certainly sums up my experience in having to follow the debate through others: Romney lied through his teeth, but won.  While I’m not surprised about that — I’ve come to expect as much — the consensus of it all was still bothersome.

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