I bet she was wishing for a pair of ruby slippers last night, though.
I don’t have a lot of time, but if I don’t share a few thoughts about last night’s VP debates, I’ll be distracted by it all day long.
Sarah Palin first:
To begin with, if I had to watch her smile from ear to ear, crinkle her nose and wink into the camera like Elizabeth Montgomery doing Bewitched on speed one more time, I might well have thrown my television set out the window. Good thing she didn’t do that, as I have recently found a channel that plays repeats of Boston Legal (one of the few television programs I actually enjoy watching — I heart Alan Shore).
We are facing an extremely critical Presidential election, almost unprecedented in the history of the U.S., and Sarah Palin is acting like she was trying to sell scented candles for the PTA. To her credit, she obviously knows enough about foreign policy to hit top candle sales, though. She might even be able to sell a few to the Russians.
Palin was clearly reciting memorized lines, numbers and talking points. She was unable to speak, with any level of substance, on any of the issues. Even when asked about the Wall Street crisis, she reverted back to her comfort zone: energy. At one point, she even admitted that she may not answer questions the way Joe Biden or the moderator wanted her to (translation: not at all) but that she would “talk straight” to the American people.
I’m not sure if the wink following that statement was for us or for John McCain. I’m guessing it was for McCain, since she never did talk straight in the end. I felt slightly embarrassed for her, in fact. Her performance last night reminded me of the time I was being interviewed for a job in a doctor’s office and the only experience I had was being a patient. It was tense and embarrassing, and it was obvious to anyone with a lick of sense that I didn’t belong there.
But, hey! She spoke in complete (rehearsed) sentences most of the time, which is more than I had expected. And she didn’t puke, faint or bolt, which wouldn’t have surprised me a bit. If you compare it with her previous performances, it was a run-away success…
Next, Joe Biden:
I think his biggest flaw was the obvious amusement he was unable to conceal when Palin was speaking. It could be seen as arrogant, but he is human after all, and she was amusing.
I keep hearing how exceedingly well Biden performed. He was was definitely good; he’s a very skilled debater and he certainly knows what he’s talking about. But with all due respect to the Senator, I could have kicked Sarah Palin’s arse in that debate, and I wouldn’t have been as kind as Senator Biden was. He showed remarkable restraint and tact, while not allowing Palin’s misrepresentation of the facts and Obama’s record to go unchallenged.
No, I think that saying Joe Biden exceeded expectations last night is more of an insult than a compliment to the Senator.
I think Biden’s strongest moment was what some may consider his weakest, however. When Sarah Palin talked about being from “main street” and understanding the struggles of average middle class people, this was Joe Biden’s response:
That’s what I’m talking about! And Barack Obama and Joe Biden seem to be the only ones listening.
My son said yesterday, for the the first time, that he might like to run for President some day. I told him I thought that would be great. He then said, without my saying another word, “And even if I’m rich by then, I’ll never forget where I came from.”
Obama – Binden