Vice Presidential debate open thread.

Here’s hoping Biden can make up for Obama’s uninspired performance.

We know that Paul Ryan’s willing to lie his ass off, but he has a long history from which he cannot escape and likely makes Joe Biden’s mouth water.  Biden’s a stronger debater than Obama and I hope he comes out of the gate without mercy and doesn’t let off the gas pedal until every one of Ryan’s bullshit stories is in tatters.

I’ll be out and about in Charleston, but will try to check in.  Later I’ll be doing karaoke with Freethoughtblogs’ Ashley Miller.  I’ll try and make some videos.  :)

Talk amongst yourselves in the comments and fact-check like mad.

  • http:www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd JT Eberhard

    I am at a Republican watch party in Charleston. I may not come out of this night alive. Please keep me company/sane.

  • http:www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd JT Eberhard

    Sitting next to a chiropractor. I just need a flat earther for the whole collection. Reality wouldn’t be caught dead at this wannabe hoe down.

  • otocump

    How much blasphemy do you think you can get away with without being ‘jumped’? I see potential for entertainment here.

  • http:www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd JT Eberhard

    Oh good. They’re playing Free Bird.

  • http:www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd JT Eberhard

    Otocump,

    We’ll find out. I am getting progressively more drunk…

    • otocump

      Ha! Excellent stuff. Convert for Team Heathens! Show them the true power of this fully operational battle-mind you have.

    • neatospiderplant

      Hmm, drunk. That sounds like a great way to start off my weekend. I am officially inspired. I remember we talked before about what constitutes classy wine, but I can’t remember, does drinking it straight from the bottle raise the class factor? I’m going to guess that it does.

  • http:www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd JT Eberhard

    Splendid. Every TV is on Fox News. I am on my new phone, so hit me with any fact checking you guys do.

    • Anonymous

      Off topic, whatcha end up getting?

      • otocump

        Damnit, that was me…

  • Trevor

    Ryan: “Iran is 4 years closer to nuclear capabilities”

    Ya, that’s generally how time works.

    Biden: “These are the most crippling sanctions in the history of sanctions”

    Well, if nothing else, this debate is hilarious.

  • Courtney C.

    I had to work late, but I just turned on the debate. Biden is already far more inspiring than Obama.

  • pjmaertz

    Biden is rocking it! Pulling no punches and calling lies! Woot!

  • Trevor

    Here’s a screenshot of the intrade price/prediction for the election during the debate. http://i.imgur.com/wO8iu.png

    • Nate Frein

      I’m unfortunately unable to follow the debate right now, so I’m just watching this thread.

      So any chance you can tell me what the context is for that graphic?

      • Trevor

        Intrade is a prediction market where people can bet on the outcome of events. This is the chart of the percentage chance that Obama will win the election. It has gone up about 3 percentage points over the course of the debate, which is a pretty strong indicator that the debate is helping the democratic ticket.

        • Nate Frein

          Sweet, ty.

    • Trevor

      Update: It’s gone back down a bit, but is still a point or 2 higher than before the debate. Based on watching the debate, I’d say Biden was very good and Ryan was kind of mediocre (in terms of debate performance).

  • Courtney C.

    “How did your religion play a part in your views on abortion.”

    Ugh.

    • pjmaertz

      And the idiotic religious pandering officially begins!

    • Courtney C.

      Good to know that he has science and facts on the issue though. *epic eyeroll*

    • Courtney C.

      Ryan just said he’s anti-abortion because when he saw his first child’s ultrasound she looked like a bean and now they’ve nicknamed her Bean. Well I’m glad your daughter’s nickname has a direct effect on my uterus. You stupid, stupid fuck. UGH. I am raging now.

      • pjmaertz

        No, you don’t understand, that’s science and reason…

        • Courtney C.

          Oh right. I’m not sure how I got that confused with “pandering, emotional anecdotes.”

      • Andrew B.

        My views on abortion are totally dependent on whether or not you can give a cuter nickname to your uterus than “bean.” And that’s the way it should be.

  • Joe T

    JT and Ashley Miller doing karaoke? Who cares about the debate!? I love those two!

  • DaveL

    Ryan just said he’s anti-abortion because when he saw his first child’s ultrasound she looked like a bean and now they’ve nicknamed her Bean.

    That’s funny, following along with my wife’s pregnancy has just made me realize that if something went wrong, Republicans would rather let her go septic, or go into organ failure, or let cancer go untreated, of force us to go through the birth of an anencephalic baby rather than risk leaving open a loophole that might let sluts go unpunished.


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