It appears my decision to stop watching the Vice Presidential debate after the first 15 minutes was correct one.
Sampling the posts of those multitude of bloggers, both liberal and conservative leaning, it looks like my initial impression of how it was going to play out was right on.
Biden was condescending, rude, loud, and willing to make accusations he knew were false or “inaccurate”.
Ryan was calm and collected, even when chastising Biden for constantly interrupting him.
Biden blew his cool. Ryan did not.
Biden was playing to the Democrats who would have voted for Obama in any case. Ryan was trying to sway everyone else.
That's pretty much what I expected, meaning I really didn't miss anything by not watching the rest of the debate.