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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.
Can Gwen Ifill really maintain her impartiality even though she wrote a book called “The Breakthrough” praising Barack Obama for his holy awesomeness? Can Joe Biden refrain from insulting a minority group? Let’s hope not because everytime Sarah Palin winks, she will be judged. Barring any foot-in-mouth moments from Biden, I feel like tonight’s narrative will be: Biden wins.
Unless, of course, the GOP psyched us all out by pretending that Palin can’t place one foot in front of the other without tripping over herself. Mission accomplished! After watching Palin’s response to Couric’s supreme court decision question, either the GOP is masterfully playing into the image or pretending they created the image. Either way, we’ll find out tonight. What fills me with some confidence is this interview where she discusses a supreme court decision:
I previously wrote about William Ayers and his comments that were published on 9/11 in the New York Times. The article is a must read.
The former Weather Undergroundman’s Annenberg Challenge was once used to support Obama’s experience argument (via HotAir):
It’s funny that he did that. Once Obama’s relationship with Ayers was scrutinized, William Ayers suddently was morphed into “a guy who lives in my neighborhood” and my favorite, “I was eight” when he did those awful things:
George, but this is an example of what I’m talking about. This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.
And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense, George.
Yes, but you weren’t eight when you worked for him.