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I thought Sarah Palin did better than expected. Neither she nor Joe Biden were as clear in their deliveries as their running mates, at least from the standpoint of grammar and syntax. I suspect that the Vice Presidential debate will be regarded as a "win" for the Republican ticket because they didn't lose the ground that many of their own supporters feared they would lose. In the end, though, I think the fact that Joe Biden managed to project both respect and caring towards his opponent may negate that effect. By repeatedly tying McCain to Bush, without mentioning Palin, he accomplished what the Democrats wanted. Ultimately, the only loser in the debate was the moderator. I understand that she was in pain. But she could have done a far better job -- and, quite frankly, should have -- at making sure the candidates responded to the questions she posed. Not to mention that those questions were exceedingly vague at times and poorly articulated throughout.

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gpratt From: gpratt Date: October 3rd, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

the wink

I agree with your thoughts, that both were not as clean as they could have been speaking. As much as I Hate Palin, I waited (longed) for her to blow it far worse than she did. Toward the end when Palin responds to how she might do things differently if she had to step in as president, she winks at the camera while saying "we don't agree 100% on everything". Winking somehow doesn't come off as presidential for me.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 3rd, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: the wink

Right. I think her appeal, though, is chiefly to those who fear or resent "Presidential" demeanor. After all, George W. Bush spent much of his time in office going out of his way to seem like a folksy, brush-clearing outsider who just happened to be sitting in the Oval Office.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: the wink

Totally-- her folksy, "around the kitchen table" talkin' face gives me the urge to smack it, the same way I get the urge to smack W's.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 4th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: the wink

Well, yes. In her case, though, it's not a complete fabrication. She is a moose-butchering mother, after all!
derdriu From: derdriu Date: October 4th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Honestly, having now watched parts of the debate, it looks like Palin is reading off of cards or something on her podium. She looks down a lot in this somewhat awkward way. This makes me curious.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 4th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
They've instructed her not to improvise a response on the majority of topics, because she lacks specific knowledge. I think trapping her between her fairly sharp political instincts and fear of messing up might actually have made things worse for her, though. As appalling as I find her positions, I feel a little sorry for her.
derdriu From: derdriu Date: October 4th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Makes sense.
Palin's VP run has caused my feminist sensibilities to have frequent seizures. The way that she is treated, in the media and within her own campaign, is often horrendous. Likewise, her views on staple feminist issues is so appalling that it makes my head hurt.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 7th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's the worst of all possible worlds.
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