While I was watching the debate, I felt that Sarah did a better job at relating to the average, middle-class American that Joe Biden. Yes, Joe appeared sincere and humble, but Sarah’s plain-spoken method really struck a chord with me. Her sincerity seemed to read well when she was looking directly at the camera — which she did more often that Biden. Going into the debate, I was nervous that Biden was going to tear her apart. I guess the credit for creating those fears go directly to the GOP and the MSM.
Yes, she mixed up the name of Afghanistan’s Commander’s name wrong, but it doesn’t seem like it’s the hugest of deals. That gaffe aside, the NYT agrees that she did a great job:
“Oh, man, it’s so obvious I’m a Washington outsider, and someone just not used to the way you guys operate,” she said after her opponent explained, somewhat awkwardly, why he had voted in favor of the Iraq war.
And Ms. Palin was the one who set the tone, making Mr. Biden sound stuffy before he had a chance to make her look unsteady. She bounded onto the stage, shook hands with her opponent and said brightly, “Hey, can I call you Joe?”
He said yes, then addressed her as “Governor Palin.”
Obama supporters went in giddy and came out deflated. The most important thing that I learned from the debate is that when Sarah speaks for an extended period of time, she sounds a lot like the mother in Bobby’s World:
Couln’t have said it better myself:
Moreover, thanks to the media reaction to Palin on the basis of her interviews with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson, expectations had been set rather low. Biden and the Democrats talked about her experience at debates as a way of raising that bar, but one has to doubt whether Biden really believed she could play on his level. He seemed flustered at times — at one point tugging on his collar as she attacked him, to the delight of the Trocadero’s crowd. Even without those low expectations, she beat Biden — and the nation got a look at the real Sarah Palin.