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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Biden Vs. Palin: A Draw

   Those of you hoping to see a train wreck in the first and only vice presidential debate, did not get one.
    GOP candidate Sarah Palin found her voice which she recently lost in network TV interviews.  Her answers had meat on the bones. And she fulfilled her assignment of defending John McCain.
     Democratic candidate Joe Biden did not produce any gaffs, which he's done before.  He was not disrespectful to his female opponent and he defended his partner Barack Obama, too.
      Call it a draw.
     Going in, Palin's best strategy was to be herself and she did just that.  Just listen to her language.  Within the first ten minutes or so, she worked soccer, hockey moms and Joe Si xpack into her answers.  And when Biden continually linked John McCain to George Bush, she put a smile on her face and said, "So there ya go Joe. Dog gone it" as she admonished him to stop the comparison.
      Biden was especially good at refuting charges from the other side.  When Palin accused Obama of voting 94 times to kill tax cuts or raise taxes, Biden countered that using her criterion, John McCain did the same thing 477 times.
      His best line was when he whacked at the McCain health care plan calling it, "the ultimate bridge to nowhere."
      Her best line was flipping a democratic attack on McCain that he's supported Mr. Bush 95% of the time, saying Obama voted the straight democratic party line 96%.
      And on it went.
      She closed talking about her own family and her "connection to the heart land of America" as she ticked off the challenges her family had faced.
      Not to be out done and even choking up at one point, Biden reported he's been there too having been a single parent and facing the same kitchen table decisions along with every other American.
      What had the potential to be a game changer turned out to be anything but.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come when Gov. Palin does well all the mainstream news media can say is "a draw?" When Gov. Palin doesn't do well (admittedly the Couric interview was a debacle) the media are all over Palin for not being up to the job. That's all the public heard for the last week. Gov. Palin deserves more credit than just a draw. She held her own against a 35-year political veteran. Who says there isn't bias in the media?

October 3, 2008 at 7:57 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come when Gov. Palin does well all the mainstream news media can say is "a draw?" When Gov. Palin doesn't do well (admittedly the Couric interview was a debacle) the media are all over Palin for not being up to the job. That's all the public heard for the last week. Gov. Palin deserves more credit than just a draw. She held her own against a 35-year political veteran. Who says there isn't bias in the media?

October 3, 2008 at 8:01 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong again, Tim! Sarah Palin put no "meat on the bones." She was "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

She misrepresented quotes: the Reagan quote at the end was made by Reagan opposing Medicare... health insurance for the elderly!

She repeatedly made mistatements of fact about both McCain's and Obama's positions, the troop levels in Iraq, etc., etc.

Her aw-shucks persona was totally phony. If the public falls for it as you seem to have, we deserve another 4 year decline in our world standing and economy.

You didn't print my previous commment. I dare you to print this one.

October 3, 2008 at 7:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree it was a draw between the two VP nominees. It was the best we all could hope for no matter what side of the aisle you sit on. Now the next presidential debate is up for grabs and hopefully now we can get down to some issues. I hope they answer questions, focus on economic issues and discuss their plans for the future. Let's hope we learn something.
Marilyn

October 4, 2008 at 5:48 AM 

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