Updated to clarify that I am not equating Christie with Biden at all. Christie is a nasty jerk, whose behavior is not acceptable, while Biden's debate demeanor was appropriate in confronting a liar.It appears that the pearl clutchers in the media are attempting to frame the Biden/Ryan debate as "Joe was pushy and obnoxious. Steve M. of No More Mister Nice Blog notes this in two posts this morning, even going so far as to express concern that the media will paint Biden with a "Dean Scream" label.
I think the more current and relevant comparison is with blowhard New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, even though his daily behavior should be unacceptable, while Biden's debate behavior was appropriate and effective. My point is not that Biden is at all comparable with Christie -- quite the opposite. The point is the Christie's terrible behavior is not only accepted but praised, while Biden's very acceptable behavior is criticized.
Christie is a media darling. Early on, right after his election, Morning Joe said that the portly state exec. "reduces me to a 14 year old at a Beatles concert." His YouTube videos in which he berates constituents have gone viral. Of course, Fox provides constant gushing for him, but as usual, that infects the main media narrative.
Biden pulled back the curtain on one of the most unjustly hyped candidates in a century. Could he have done it more politely? Without interrupting Ryan filibusters? Somehow I doubt it.
But our supine, dense, media is trying to dismiss Biden because of his tone, never mind the constant lying by Ryan. (We need not even go into the weekly presence of the likes of Ann Coulter and Newt Gingrich on Sunday shows.)
And Christie -- the man who condemned those of us in NY and NJ to greater pollution and congestion by cynically vetoing the Hudson rail tunnels -- is "frank" "entertaining" and "refreshing."