The fiery exchange between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan on Thursday's vice-presidential debate inspired a deluge of tweets from political mavens and Hollywood stars.
Their responses, often satirical, sometimes sober and thought-provoking, were almost as interesting as the debate itself: Who can think about Syria when Patton Oswalt is telling jokes?
Here's a round-up of the best responses on Twitter.
Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt): "The old man across from me is made from abortions lashed together with Ani DiFranco's public hair." -- Ryan's closing statement #debate
Rupert Murdoch (rupertmurdoch): Whatever he missed, Ryan's made great closing remarks, against Biden who had to look down and read second rate stuff.
Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks): Obama just called Biden and asked what coffee he uses.
Mark Ruffalo (@Mruff221): #biden Is sobering; makes Ryan seem like he's a child that just walked out of the closet wearing his Dad's suit.
Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo): WHY I DIDN'T WATCH THE DEBATE: I was having dinner.
Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof): Often I'm embarrassed about American democracy. But this was our political system at its best. An illuminating exchange!
Alex Castellanos (@alexcast): Biden bought his boss another week. That's a lot. Ryan bought his boss a little vision and enthusiasm. #cnn2012 #cnndebate
Howard Kurtz (@HowardKurtz): The faceoff a clash of generational styles, Biden the sometimes exasperated lecturer, Ryan the serious-minded student