I think Biden was the clear winner in tonight's debate. Many in the news are talking about his smile and mannerisms possibly being a liability and fodder for SnL (which creates a meme that sticks in voter's heads). I thought Biden delivered a good performance, and probably connected better with voters than Ryan did. However, historically VP debates don't have much of an impact on the direction of the race.
But this year, as has often been the case, things could be different. I think the Dems focus grouped responses to Romney and armed Biden with them. So he was able to come out and answer Romney where Obama could not last week.
But what it all hinges on to me was Ryan's answer to the questions about abortion. Talk about 'opposing abortion' and not letting unelected judges make policy...are easy fodder for Dem spin doctors to fit into the 'War on Women' narrative.
Worst case; I'm thinking that in the places where Romney took the lead he may lose up to half of it (which puts him in most states at a tie).
I think Ryan missed a few chances like when they were talking about the Afghanistan surge and Biden was beating him up about how American troops were replaced with Afghan troops...Ryan should've hit back with something like: "So you'd have our troops reinforced by the guys who are turning on them...and killing them...back at base...having their backs on the battlefield instead of other American soldiers?"
All in all...not the blow-out we saw last week. The numbers I saw had Ryan losing by 10% (55% Biden vs 45% Ryan), whereas Obama's closest was 42% behind Romney. But I think Biden most definately won.