We owe Joe
Blogger "Gryphen" at The Immoral Minority
The enthusiasm is back. The liberal blogosphere saw Biden pummel Ryan into the ground yesterday, and most pundits seem to agree. Even Andrew Sullivan, whose meltdown after the Obama-Romney debate became something of a joke, gave Biden a solid win. As for voters, undecideds went for Biden in a snap poll and focus group, while the only broader survey I've seen so far is more equivocal (though the party ID suggests a sample more Republican than the general population).
Will it shift the overall race much? Probably not -- if Presidential debates seldom do (and I'm skeptical that Romney's bounce will last), then Vice-Presidential debates are even less likely to do so. But Biden fired up the troops and dispelled the panic and hysterics which had engulfed the flittier elements of the left. He put last Wednesday into perspective as just one bad day in a broadly effective campaign. He shifted the narrative from ZOMG WE'RE DOOMED AARGH to "If Obama can do that well next time, this thing is back on track!" For that, we owe him.
Here's another electrifying Biden moment from Memorial Day this year (found via Smartypants, who has more Biden clips):