Great Moments in Debate-Expectations Lowering

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For years now, the GOP has reveled in Joe Biden's propensity to involuntarily say or do embarrassing, cringe-inducing things, such as claiming you can't shop at a 7-11 in Delaware without a "slight Indian accent," or whispering "this is a big fucking deal" on-camera, or nearly making out with a biker chick on the campaign trail. Now, suddenly, a day before the vice-presidential debate, Biden's buffoonery has magically transformed into ... a strength!

[D]espite Biden’s relatively advanced years, both sides acknowledge that his energetic, happy-go-lucky -- and, yes, gaffe-prone -- persona (which has been parodied to great effect over the years by The Onion) may have a certain appeal to a younger demographic.

“The vice president is a very charming man, and you always have to kind of think about that charm and the potential for an ‘Irish uncle’ moment,” a Romney campaign aide said.

"Joe Biden's spot-on ethnic accents are a real treat, and if he employs one during the debate, it will surely delight the electorate to no end, possibly sealing the election for Obama."