Both campaigns declared victory in last night’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, with Democrats focusing on Biden’s passion and Republicans focusing on Biden’s aggression. Neither acknowledged that it is a futile point.

Immediate polls from CBS, NBC, and Xbox Live all reported that a majority of undecided voters believed Biden won, and the prediction markets ticked up a few points in President Barack Obama’s favor in the hours after the confrontation. Yet, everyone was missing the point. The question pollsters should have asked was this: Is Obama still bleeding?

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