It was crystal clear tonight that Vice President Biden was determined not to reprise the president’s passive performance in Denver. In that, he succeeded. He also succeeded in interrupting his opponent constantly, repeatedly laughing at strange moments, and playing the ‘loud anger’ card frequently. Rep. Paul Ryan’s serenity in the face of the Vice President’s behavior was almost supernatural. On actual talking points, the two men battled to a draw. Ryan excelled on economic issues, gave a fabulous answer on abortion and closed strong. He also held his own on foreign policy. Biden scored on Afghanistan and by pointing out that Ryan requested stimulus funds for his district after the law passed. On style, I’d imagine Biden delighted the Left-wing base, but put-off most others. He was boorish, dismissive, bullying and rude. Ryan was occasionally too timid — a strong demand that Biden stop interrupting him would have done him some good, but he came across as pleasant and informed. I gather than CNN’s independent viewer “dials” were fairly unkind to Biden throughout the evening — and flat-lined during some of the lengthy foreign policy exchanges. There’s no question that international affairs are awfully important (one of the Vice President’s biggest mistakes was claiming that Washington didn’t know that American security forces had requested reinforcements in Benghazi, an outright falsehood), but most Americans are concerned about jobs, economic growth, and the spiraling debt. Precious few of the questions addressed those core concerns, which was a major shortcoming of moderator Martha Raddatz. She also seemed to ask tougher follow-ups to Ryan (not to mention cutting him off in the middle of important points), but he handled it pretty well. He did not whine — unlike Biden, who seemed to think he was getting cheated on talking time. The talk clock confirmed that he talked more than his opponent, and clearly interjected far more often.