Wasn't this one different — and better — than the first round? I certainly thought so. The moderator was excellent, and so, in their very different ways, were the candidates.

The first talking heads seemed to agree that Congressman Ryan and Vice President Biden both fulfilled their missions, and for a change, I agreed with the talking heads.

Biden offered the passion and the argumentation that Democrats so missed from their president last week. Ryan, by appearing plausible as a future president and apparently knowledgeable on a wide range of issues, reassured Republicans that Governor Romney had made a good choice for veep.