Short version: if they were planning to get Joe Biden to save the campaign, well, they need a Plan C. It was not an exercise in applied brutality like last week’s debate; but I seem to remember that Joe Biden wasn’t this much of an asshole when he was debating Sarah Palin. That seems to have cost him among CNN’s undecided voters, who were generally meh towards the man.
One note: undecideds did react favorably to Biden on abortion. Keep that in mind.
Anyway… won’t move the needle on its own, which means that the GOP won on points. Ryan came across as knowing what the hell he was talking about, which is precisely the last thing that Joe Biden wanted to have happen. Forward!