Friday, October 12, 2012

Israel: Biden plays rough in debate


Biden plays rough, Israeli style, with a lingering Cheshire Cat smile

Republican Paul Ryan held his own in the U.S. Vice Presidential debate, but Biden’ s fighting spirit probably lifted morale and rallied the ranks of despondent Democrats.

By Chemi Shalev

To an Israeli viewer, the Vice Presidential debate on Thursday night appeared at times to be following in the footsteps of “Homeland” and “In Treatment” and other successful imports of Israeli television formats to prime time American TV. Joe Biden’s rough, tough and often gruff showdown with Paul Ryan had all the markings of the kind of no-holds-barred political debate that was once the hallmark of Israeli talk shows and has since become standard fare in parliamentary discussions in the Knesset. 

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