Originally Posted by intelligentjetsfan
Its interesting political theater but generally speaking, people vote the top of the ticket. Obama will need to win the second debate to reverse the negative tide that is about to fall on him.
But Obama's issue tonight is a microcosm of his presidency; he does not fight for the ideals that he espouses. Passion can be seductive because it can draw people to their cause/beliefs.
I agree about the VPs having little effect on the ticket. However, I think Ryan needs to prevent Biden from gaining any momentum for Obama leading into the second debate. I expect Obama to improve his performance in the second debate but he has his work cut out for him.
But I am not sure what kind of dent this would put in the polls. Obama has a comfortable lead in Ohio. He knows that is basically all he needs. And quite frankly it showed in his debating. He debated like a man who thinks he doesn't have to fight. IMO, he takes votes for granted.