What was most on display last night at the vice presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky? More than Joe Biden's pearly whites. What viewers saw was nearly ninety minutes of arrogance, condescension, and disdain displayed not just toward Paul Ryan but conservatives generally. Many liberals have deep contempt for conservatives, and Biden showed that in full living color last night - and for an audience in the tens of millions.
Of course, that's not how the mainstream media viewed Biden's florid, overwrought show of contempt for the congressman.
This from the reliably biased New York Times' coverage of the veep debate:
Lloyd Bentsen was a friend of Joe Biden's.
And the vice president made full use of his old Senate colleague's 1988 debate playbook, shaking his head and scoffing pityingly at Representative Paul D. Ryan, trying to paint his opponent as a latter-day Dan Quayle.
If you're old enough to recall the Bentsen-Quayle debate, you'll remember that Bentsen's patrician snootiness and evident disdain for Quayle was uncivil and off-putting. Most Americans who recall the debate do so for Bentsen's line about Quayle not being Jack Kennedy. The line scored points, but Bentsen's performance did next to nothing to save the hapless Michael Dukakis, who lost in a landslide to George H.W. Bush.
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