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.