Tonight in Detroit, Joe Biden is bringing it.
The former vice president, who has more high-profile experience on debate stages than most of his rivals combined, turned in a lackluster performance at the first debate in Miami last month. So far tonight, it’s like he’s a new man.
He’s speaking faster, with an energy and fire that was absent during his first debate. He aggressively defended his health care plan, surrendering little ground in several heated exchanges.
Even an old standby line -- “this is a bunch of malarkey” -- came out with swagger.
To be sure, the bar was incredibly low after the Miami debate. But his performance so far tonight shows a command that has eluded him for much of the summer.
His challenge, of course, is sustaining this and proving that he’s a front-runner, not simply a placeholder at the front of the pack.