Well this was a lot more exciting than the first debate.
Some of my favorite moments, strictly from the showmanship perspective, rather than policy points:
1) Biden's car crash turn-around (Saw that one coming. Who told Ryan to bring up that story?)
2) Biden comparing Ryan to Sarah Palin
3) Hammering on the 47%
4) The letters from Ryan requesting stimulus funds
What I learned from Ryan:
• The jobs numbers are going in the wrong direction. (Apparently job growth is the wrong direction? Jobs are going in the right direction you idiot, just not as fast as you want. Learn some calculus you supposed fucking economy wonk: when the derivative equals zero, then you're starting to go in the wrong direction.)
• We'll handle Iran better, but we don't know how. (Be "tougher" I guess? But they can't go to war, so as always, the options are sanctions and war; sanctions are slow and they don't feel powerful, but that's how it goes in the 21st century when you can't just go and bomb the fuck out of your enemies at will).
• We'll handle Afghanistan better, well kinda the same, but giving a set withdrawal date is bad, that much we know.
• We'll handle Syria better, but we don't know how. (Dealing with revolutions in foreign countries involves a lot of really nuanced issues and isn't really a left-vs-right philosophical issue. There's no one solution that is always the best, and the results are almost always mixed. But of course, Obama is doing it wrong no matter what.)
• We'll find magic loopholes in the tax code. Cutting mortgate interest deduction for the wealthiest people will pay for everything.
• Republicans hate welfare except for SS and Medicare, those are awesome.
• Ryan apparently thinks "Obamacare" is an actual health care program, not a piece of legislation containing many different laws.