It turns out the American people don’t just have one Joker in the White House, we have two.
We found that out in last night’s 2012 VP debate.
CNN/ORC International nationwide poll taken right after last night’s debate: 48% of voters who watched the debate thought Ryan won; 44% thought Biden won.
AP: ‘Laugh, chuckle, grimace, grin, smirk, goofy face’
RNC Chair Reince Preibus: Biden interrupted Ryan 82 times
Brit Hume: “while Paul Ryan was talking…[Biden] was smirking, laughing, smiling, mugging…. I thought it was rude and I have a feeling it will come across to a lot of people as rude. It looked like a cranky old man to some extent debating a polite young man.”
Katherine Hall Jamieson, a professor of political communication at the University of Pennsylvania: “I’m not sure what that was – a smile? Not really. Not a laugh, either…. Whenever you’re paying attention to the person reacting, it draws attention from the person talking…. The Democrats, of course, thought it was great.”
Jerry Shuster, who teaches political communication at the University of Pittsburgh: “I think it was part of an overall strategy to keep Ryan off stride. He really couldn’t ever finish a thought.”
Body language expert Lillian Glass, author of the upcoming Body Language Advantage: “That mugging, those condescending looks – it was a complete turnoff. He was bullying, he was smug, he interrupted … I think he lost a lot of his message based on facial gestures.”