There have been irritating interruptions, although not as many as within the first debate. There have been dodged questions, animated facial expressions and one candidate operating significantly roughshod over the moderator.
And sure, there was a fly on prime of Vice President Mike Pence’s head.
That was what excited social media throughout the sole vice-presidential debate, one through which the tone was markedly extra subdued in contrast with last week’s presidential debate however through which the dynamics remained largely the identical: The Republican incumbent confirmed little regard for the agreed-upon guidelines, and the Democratic challenger largely complied.
And, once more, a fly landed on Mr. Pence’s head.
So, for posterity, right here is how the web — or how we casually confer with that insular, blue-check-verified model of the proverbial diner in a metal city — reacted to the talk.
About an hour into the talk, a fly instantly appeared on Mr. Pence’s head, resting immobile but extraordinarily seen set in opposition to his silver hair. It sat there for 2 minutes and three seconds, sufficient time to spawn hundreds of memes and someway crash Twitter’s trending subjects.
Even a comic who spent practically a decade discovering humor within the travails of the vice presidency was impressed by the fly’s look.
The Biden marketing campaign even turned the fly into its newest get-out-the-vote canvasser and fund-raiser.
The Trump marketing campaign had put out no fly content material as of late Wednesday.
The questions ready by Susan Web page, the Washington bureau chief for USA In the present day, have been topical, sharp and particular. They have been simply hardly ever answered.
Quite, each candidates (although Mr. Pence extra ceaselessly than Ms. Harris) merely used their time to make ready remarks or assaults, often bantering with one another, however hardly ever answering the questions.
Mastering the cut up display screen
With the 2 candidates seated 12 ft aside and separated by two relatively useless plates of plexiglass, the talk broadcast relied closely on a cut up display screen, with one candidate speaking and the opposite left to react.
Ms. Harris proved adept at utilizing the cut up display screen together with her facial reactions, in a position to inject a little bit of her take with out uttering a phrase whereas Mr. Pence was talking. And the expressions rapidly gained a following on-line.
And whereas it wasn’t the brazen, rapid-fire interruptions that Mr. Trump berated former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with throughout their first debate, Mr. Pence made repeated interruptions of Ms. Harris, prompting the California senator to retort, “I’m talking.”
It was an expression many have been acquainted with.
And why not? One final fly tweet:
Matt Stevens contributed reporting.