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Over the past 3.8 years, the office of Vice President has been comic relief and diversion from the issue of economic non-performance by the administration. So, the much-ado-about-nothing debate tonight is likely to elict a chorus of yawns and legions of reporters thinking, "I could be watching the playoffs."
Papa Joe is somehow known for his foreign policy expertise. Apparently, he takes a lot of trips to keep him away from the media, but rarely to foreign countries. Paul Ryan may show up in camo and a new Ithaca 37 since this is duck and geese season.
The expectation is that this debate will focus on old math [tax more - spend more] versus new math [tax less - spend less]. Consequently, that will leave the large portion of Americans who dropped out of school with little to do except to turn off the TV and go out to buy Powerball tickets... and hope it results in a budget surplus for them.
The financial markets are all abuzz, however. This debate could prove pivotal in stock purchasing decisions.