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Jewish Twitter-Sphere Abuzz Over Veep Debate

By Seth Berkman

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What’s the use of a spin room when we have social media? Last night, the Twitterverse turned its eyes towards the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

You’ve probably already heard all of the “malarkey” from partisans representing both parties, but here’s a look at the lighter side of last night’s important debate.

Early on, many viewers thought Biden was faring better than President Barack Obama’s widely-criticized performance last week. Andy Borowitz, author of The Borowitz Report, tweeted:

As discussion turned to Iran, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu became the hot topic of discussion. Commentary magazine’s Alana Goodman observed:

Michael Koplow, program director at the Israel Institute, noted that:

After Biden claimed to have known Israeli’s Prime Minister for decades, New Yorker writer Philip Gourevitch, wondered:

Of course, some of the Twitter observations had nothing to do with the debate, but the physical appearance of the candidates. Some tweets referenced Biden’s great dental work:

While others were impressed with Ryan’s forehead.

Aside from political views, there was also a large generation gap between the two candidates. Jeffrey Goldberg, correspondent for The Atlantic, predicted:

As the night went on, many Tweeters saw Biden turn serious, reeling off facts as Ryan circled around questions. Ari Melber, a correspondent for The Nation, gave some kudos to Ryan:

Overall, many felt the Dems regained some momentum, while Ryan held his ground. Alex Koppelman of The New Yorker had one of the most astute observations: of the night.

Perhaps musician Josh Groban tweeted it best though:


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