That gif, care of Amadi, pretty much sums up the debate. Rep. Paul Ryan would say something dishonest or stupid; Vice President Joe Biden would react with incredulity, exasperation, and fury. It was pretty awesome.
Of course, Democratic Vice-President Joe Biden being aggressive (and honest) was deemed to be a Terrible Thing by the media who anointed Republican nominee Mitt Romney the winner for being aggressive (and dishonest) last week. Predictable. I tweeted this halfway through the debate last night:
Biden may be called "rude" in the aftermath, but he's not being rude; he's contemptuous--and rightfully so. Ryan's ideas are contemptible.— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) October 12, 2012
Irrespective of the spin, Biden won the debate in a landslide. And even many of the people trying to spin Biden as a bully have to begrudgingly admit he won. He utterly destroyed everything Ryan was saying, and called him out, point-blank, on his "malarkey."
Anyhoo, here are some useful links if you missed it...
My liveblogging is here and here.
The always-great Richard Adams' liveblogging is here.
NPR has video and transcript of the debate here.
Memeorandum has plenty of debate analysis here.