A surprisingly subdued Chris Matthews declared a Biden victory in tonight’s vice presidential debate but gave points to Paul Ryan for his answers on economics and on the administration’s mishandling of the Benghazi terrorist attack.


It didn’t take long for the spin machine to reach full speed, though, as the members of MSNBC’s panel egged each other on to build up Biden’s performance far beyond what post-debate polls showed. Rachel Maddow zoomed in on the candidates’ comments on Afghanistan, saying she found Ryan’s understanding of the issue “terrifying.”

A confused-looking Al Sharpton declared Ryan less of a liar than Mitt Romney — a fibber growing to be a liar.