Joe Biden was fed up. “Stop talking about how you care about people,” he snapped at his opponent. “Show me something. Show me a policy. Show me a policy where you take responsibility.”
It was the night of Oct. 11, 2012; his sparring partner was Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Remembered today as the malarkey debate — Biden’s jeer of “with all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey” being the soundbite of the night — President Barack Obama’s second decisively snickered, scoffed, and steamrolled his way to victory. “He was priest to [Ryan’s] flummoxed altar boy, scoutmaster to Ryan’s nervous, tongue-tied knot-tier.