Paul Ryan had one job tonight–prove to the vast majority of Americans that do not know him that he could be trusted to be President. What did America see? An intelligent, measured man who treated a buffoon with respect. He was knowledgeable and articulate. He did not say anything stupid. He did not say anything ignorant.

He looked at the camera and did not have to constantly glance down at notes. Not the same for Joe Biden. Biden played well with Democrat partisans. But flash polls of independent voters–the key demographic for the upcoming election–found Biden rude and bizarre.

What does this mean?

Romney and Ryan took another positive step tonight towards winning on November 6th.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.