As in "a display of emotion that is out of harmony with reality or with the verbal or intellectual content that accompanies." It's all I could think of last night while watching VP Biden display rudeness, contempt, and yes, inappropriate mirth throughout his debate with Rep. Paul Ryan. The video below gives just a taste of his frequent broad, teeth-flashing grins and occasional body-shaking laughter as he reacted to Ryan making dead-serious points about the economy and our national security. A video that included every blinding, wildly out of place veneer-flash would be much, much longer.
Ha ha ha. That one about the dead-in-the-water economy gets me every time! And a nuclear Iran -- hilarious! By the way, his repeated line about Iran having "nothing to put it in" was pure nonsense. Biden was also 100% wrong in asserting that our embassies in Libya did not want more security. That line was jaw-dropping.
Later in the debate the man who is a heartbeat away from the presidency switched from dismissively giddy to bullying, and finally to whisperingly sincere and serious as he once again threw his Catholic faith under the bus in favor of legalized abortion.
Chris Wallace found Biden to be the most openly disrespectful, contemptuous presidential or vice presidential debater he's ever seen. But the liberal base adored Biden's air-sawing performance. Abe Greenwald nailed it with this tweet:
Progressives really think manic aggression equals a conclusive debate win. Weird.
Dem swing voter from Biden hometown "No mother in Scranton ever taught her son to behave that way and wipe that smrik off your face"This mom agrees. He acted like a jerk throughout. But that's just Biden being Biden.
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) October 12, 2012
Edited to add Mark Steyn's take: Laughing All the Way to the Bank Collapse
Watch the OC Register this afternoon for Mark's weekly column. I'll be otherwise engaged this weekend and may not have a chance to link it here.
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