Oct
12
2012

Ryan/Biden debate: two word clouds, a YouTube video, and some idle speculation.

Via the Foundry comes these two word clouds of yesterday’s debate:

…and here’s an interesting game to play: quick, which one is which?

Analyzing word clouds is always a tricky business – it has a certain flavor of entrails-reading to me – but I think that it’s at least noteworthy that Biden (the first word cloud) avoided saying the words ‘Obama’ or ‘Obamacare,’ but made darn sure that the world knew that he knew the name ‘Martha.’  Ryan, on the other hand… actually, there’s nothing equally harsh to say about Ryan’s word cloud; and yes, it is harsh to point out that the Vice President was visibly afraid to bring up his President or his President’s signature ‘accomplishment’ by name, while being perfectly happy to continually browbeat moderator Martha Raddatz*.

We’ll let the long-term effects sort themselves out, but here’s the thing.  Even Biden’s most enthusiastic supporters are saying that his goal last night was to stop the bleeding among the Democratic base.  Ryan didn’t have the equivalent problem; the base is behind the Romney-Ryan ticket, not least because Romney tapped Ryan for the VP slot.  What Ryan did yesterday was rack up some more undecided voters.  So I’m pretty happy how it all turned out: sure, I’d like a rout of the Democrats in three or so weeks – but I’ll take a solid win, instead.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*He also tried to browbeat Ryan.  Tell me: do you think Joe Biden succeeded?

http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAG_TBVOnCw

I don’t think that Joe Biden succeeded.  Interesting contrast: Joe Biden’s closing remarks were to the moderator; Ryan talked to the American people.  That tells you everything that you need to know about the debate priorities of both campaigns.

8 Comments

  • BigGator5 says:

    Without looking at the answer, I say the top one is Paul Ryan’s word cloud.

  • Rob Crawford says:

    I knew the first one was Biden’s because “Romney” was larger.
    .
    As for Biden’s goal to “stop the bleed” among the base — if you’re worried about your base three weeks before election day, you have problems. But, then, I’ve seen their entire campaign as playing to their base.

  • jetty says:

    @Rob – ain’t that the truth. Obama has been playing to his base since his “evolution” on gay marriage last Spring. Team Obama knows that to win, they have to 1. have their base turn out and 2. slander Romney enough to keep it close and 3. stuff the ballot boxes as much as possible to squeak out a win.

  • I knew the first was Biden’s because it had the word “friend”

  • Spegen says:

    Darn! Daryl beat me to the punch, was going to say the same thing

  • Lourae says:

    Just saying to my husband last night–remember the Seinfeld ‘Hot ‘n’ Heavy’ episode? “I’m trying to attract a little bird here. I don’t want to make any BIG SUDDEN MOVES!” Ryan is coaxing those undecideds. I keep thinking of this.

  • Catseye says:

    Knew the first one was Biden by tax and Fact. Most people when they state a fact don’t have to tell you it’s a fact.

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