Oct 3, 2008

Debate shows Palin missed her calling

After watching the Vice-Presidential debate last night, I got the impression GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin missed her calling: she should have stuck with reading baseball scores or better yet she would make an excellent happy talk meteorologist or a happy talk TV news anchor.

It just seemed a little creepy to me that the talk was about nuclear weapons, war and an economy where people are losing everything they spent a lifetime working for she was smiling and giggly and winking at the camera. Democratic candidate Sen. Joe Biden clearly won, but based on Palin's disastrous interviews with that tough interviewer Katie Couric, if Palin just completed a sentence without breaking into a Miss Teen South Carolina "such as the Iraq" speech, right-wingers will say she won.

In her closing remarks she took more shots at the media she is avoiding like the plague, saying she liked debates where there is no filter. I would like her to explain what filter she is talking about when a reporter simply asks her a question and simply plays the video. We know why she is avoiding the media because they will not allow her to duck questions like the debate moderator did, and she will not get softball questions like Couric served up.

I heard from a few women who were offended at her cutesy delivery on some very serious issues, even winking at the camera and giving shout outs to a school class. I have a hard time imagining her staring down Putin or some other dictator from across the table. I can, however, see Joe Biden doing it, and in fact he has looked Slobodan Milosevic in the eye and called him a war criminal.

The bottom line is Joe Biden is presidential, Sarah Palin is not.

Palin did not answer a single question the moderator posed. I don't think Jim Lehrer would have let her get away with that. She gave Biden a hard time about looking at the past when he pointed out Grampy McCame's support of Bush's failed policies, but she couldn't identify a single area where she or McSame would change Bush's economic or foreign policy positions. Her "say it ain't so, Joe," and her Reaganisqe "There you go again" lines were ridiculous.

If you were playing a drinking game where you took a shot when she said certain words, you would have been pretty drunk if you chose the word "maverick." That's why I was so happy when Biden debunked that one.

In an ABC-Washington Post poll released Thursday, six in 10 Americans said Palin lacked the experience to be an effective president; a third of those surveyed said they were less likely to vote for McCain because of her. I think this debate should increase those numbers.


Karen said...

I'm extremely disappointed. Your sexist comments are disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourself. There is no place for racism or sexism in America. I won't be reading your blog any longer.

Communications guru said...

That's too bad. Could you point out the sexist comments? I don't see them. It's surprising to me that you have no problem with the fact that she was chosen exactly because she was a woman.

Susan Demas said...

Does your mother, the one upstairs know you such a sexist?

1. TAX VOTE: Biden said McCain voted “the exact same way” as Obama to increase taxes on Americans earning just $42,000, but McCain DID NOT VOTE THAT WAY.

2. AHMEDINIJAD MEETING: Joe Biden lied when he said that Barack Obama never said that he would sit down unconditionally with Mahmoud Ahmedinijad of Iran. Barack Obama did say specifically, and Joe Biden attacked him for it.

3. OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING: Biden said, “Drill we must.” But Biden has opposed offshore drilling and even compared offshore drilling to “raping” the Outer Continental Shelf.”

4. TROOP FUNDING: Joe Biden lied when he indicated that John McCain and Barack Obama voted the same way against funding the troops in the field. John McCain opposed a bill that included a timeline, that the President of the United States had already said he would veto regardless of it’s passage.

5. OPPOSING CLEAN COAL: Biden says he’s always been for clean coal, but he just told a voter that he is against clean coal and any new coal plants in America and has a record of voting against clean coal and coal in the U.S. Senate.

6. ALERNATIVE ENERGY VOTES: According to FactCheck.org, Biden is exaggerating and overstating John McCain’s record voting for alternative energy when he says he voted against it 23 times.

7. HEALTH INSURANCE: Biden falsely said McCain will raise taxes on people’s health insurance coverage — they get a tax credit to offset any tax hike. Independent fact checkers have confirmed this attack is false.

8. OIL TAXES: Biden falsely said Palin supported a windfall profits tax in Alaska — she reformed the state tax and revenue system, it’s not a windfall profits tax.

9. AFGHANISTAN / GEN. MCKIERNAN COMMENTS: Biden said that top military commander in Iraq said the principles of the surge could not be applied to Afghanistan, but the commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Gen. David D. McKiernan said that there were principles of the surge strategy, including working with tribes, that could be applied in Afghanistan.

10. REGULATION: Biden falsely said McCain weakened regulation — he actually called for more regulation on Fannie and Freddie.

11. IRAQ: When Joe Biden lied when he said that John McCain was “dead wrong on Iraq”, because Joe Biden shared the same vote to authorize the war and differed on the surge strategy where they John McCain has been proven right.

12. TAX INCREASES: Biden said Americans earning less than $250,000 wouldn’t see higher taxes, but the Obama-Biden tax plan would raise taxes on individuals making $200,000 or more.

13. BAILOUT: Biden said the economic rescue legislation matches the four principles that Obama laid out, but in reality it doesn’t meet two of the four principles that Obama outlined on Sept. 19, which were that it include an emergency economic stimulus package, and that it be part of “part of a globally coordinated effort with our partners in the G-20.”

14. REAGAN TAX RATES: Biden is wrong in saying that under Obama, Americans won’t pay any more in taxes then they did under Reagan.

Communications guru said...

First, my mother lives in Monroe, and second show me something sexist.

I’ll post the same thing I posted on thread where you posted this same BS on another thread.

I just got hammered by another rightwing tool for using fact check, and now you use it. Fine, that’s one point. Where is the sources for the rest of them? I guess there are no sources for GOP talking points.

Anonymous said...

Biden lies people will die

Communications guru said...

Funny, you can’t defend those Grand Oil Party talking points.

Anonymous said...

I could play your childish, arrogant games and post biased opinions about left wing liberals. That would be unnecessary because if you just look at the hard facts you would clearly see through the democrat's lies. There is no point in showing you proof of this, you will just push it aside and respond with more biased opinions.

As for the sexist remarks in your post, I'm sure many would agree that comparing Palin to "Miss Teen South Carolina", is sexist. Are you saying women should stick to beauty pageants and stay out of politics?

Communications guru said...

I will admit I am biased, but can you tell me anything in this post that is untrue? Please, be my guest and post all you want about liberals on your own blog. There’s no sense in showing me proof of the alleged Democratic lies because you can’t, or you would have done it.

I do not see what’s sexist about the Miss Teen South Carolina remark. Palin was in a beauty pageant, and if you listened to her answers in the Katie Couric interviews they were not that much different from Miss Teen SC’s answer.

No, what I am saying is don’t take on a position you are clearly not qualified for, do not have the knowledge to handle or the judgment to handle.

Anonymous said...

It's really hard for me to support CG, but I think the sexist charges are off-base.

He was only saying that Palin's answers that trail off into gibberish are not all that unlike the famed contestant who lost it in the Miss Teen South Carolina contest.

Watch her answers to Couric...or look at the transcript of part of the interview...and you might agree that it is a fair comparison.