Watch the debate here.
Going into this debate, I did not expect much from Sarah Palin. She delivered cheeky winks and smiley rhetoric but failed to give any substantial or credible answer to any of the questions. This is in spite of the questions geared in her favor. She said she was not going to answer the questions asked of her because she “was going to talk straight” with the people. Um, hello idiot, it is a debate. There are questions and you are supposed to answer them. We know this is too difficult for Governor Palin, we’ve seen this much in the few interviews she has given thus far. She has had at least a week to “get back to Couric” on what policies and changes McCain has stood for in his 26 years in office but still could not come up with any answers when Biden asked her the same question tonight.
Over and over in this debate Sarah Palin avoided the questions by simply regurgitating sound bytes and campaign key words. She spoke confidently but incoherently about completely different issues. She was, at best, cutesy and played the part of what she thought was personable and someone we could relate to in everyday matters. This further demonstrated her naivete. We do not need our neighbor running the country. She is not knowledgeable in matters of foreign or domestic policies or even in basic politics.
She name-dropped and sang the tone-deaf tune of lyrical keywords implanted in her by her campaign. The usual “General Petraeus” came up a few times, as if he is their good buddy. The “success of the surge” was brought up. Her useless anecdotes remind me of Rose on Golden Girls with her fancificul but irrelevent stories about St. Olaf (Wasilla). Ad nauseum, we have heard Sarah Palin talk about “mavericks”, “…what he [McCain] is known for…” “…what I [Palin] am known for…” but we didn’t hear any specifics. They really are counting on the stupidity of the American people. They think we will hear “change” and believe it?
Will Americans accept this challenge? Or will they see through this rhetorical nonsense and see clearly that Biden is knowledgeable and Palin is ridiculous?
Palin was not debating logically or demonstrating a capacity to co-lead this country. She was simply regurgitating campaign rhetoric, that took her the entire week by the creek to perfect, in a choose-your-own-adventure-style advertisement on primetime. This was a waste of American time. There is no doubt she was once a beauty queen, this is obvious from her cheesy winks to her empty catch phrases, she is charasmatic. However, isn’t this precisely what we want to avoid? Isn’t this why we are sick of Washington in the first place? All talk and no action? Polished promises leading us into war, an economic depression?
She rambled on about taking the politics out of war, out of economy, out of Washington. This is retarded. This is what people who know nothing about politics say. This is simply ridiculous. Maybe somebody should take Palin back to the creek and explain to her what a dictionary is, so she might read the definition of politics.
Main Entry: pol·i·tics
Function: noun plural but singular or plural in construction
Etymology: Greek politika, from neuter plural of politikos political
Date: circa 1529
1 a: the art or science of government b: the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy c: the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government
2: political actions, practices, or policies
3 a: political affairs or business ; especially : competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government) b: political life especially as a principal activity or profession c: political activities characterized by artful and often dishonest practices
4: the political opinions or sympathies of a person
5 a: the total complex of relations between people living in society b: relations or conduct in a particular area of experience especially as seen or dealt with from a political point of view
So…war, taxes, etc. are political. You can’t separate them, nor should you. Are you suggesting, Governor Palin, that a McCain-Palin administration would not include government oversight into matters such as war and the economy and taxes? Or are you suggesting you and John will be playing golf and moose-hunting instead of dealing with these issues? How exactly do you plan on taking the politics out of politics?
They like to use words and phrases like “maverick” “bipartisan” “tax cuts” “Joe Sixpack” “hockey mom” etc. Are these the political ad words? Do they get paid .07 cents for each time they use them? Or is it that they know if they say something x amount times, they are bound to get people to believe that about them? Joe Biden nailed on the head when he said, “Maverick he [McCain] is not!”
Look for yourselves folks. Sarah Palin’s and John McCain’s records are clear even if they continue to distort them. Joe Biden’s and Barack Obama’s records are clear too. The only difference, they are not distorting or manipulating their own records or their opponents to win this election. They are stating the facts. McCain and Palin are the equivalency, if not worse than Bush and Cheney, period. THEY ARE NOT REPRESENTING REAL CHANGE.
Look at the records:
Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Senator John S. McCain III
Governor Sarah H. Palin
Senator Barack H. Obama Jr.
I will end this particular post with a clip from Joe Biden. He said it well in the following response to the “maverick” idea:
Look, the maverick — let’s talk about the maverick John McCain is. And, again, I love him. He’s been a maverick on some issues, but he has been no maverick on the things that matter to people’s lives.
He voted four out of five times for George Bush’s budget, which put us a half a trillion dollars in debt this year and over $3 trillion in debt since he’s got there.
He has not been a maverick in providing health care for people. He has voted against including another 3.6 million children in coverage of the existing health care plan, when he voted in the United States Senate.
He’s not been a maverick when it comes to education. He has not supported tax cuts and significant changes for people being able to send their kids to college.
He’s not been a maverick on the war. He’s not been a maverick on virtually anything that genuinely affects the things that people really talk about around their kitchen table.
Can we send — can we get Mom’s MRI? Can we send Mary back to school next semester? We can’t — we can’t make it. How are we going to heat the — heat the house this winter?
He voted against even providing for what they call LIHEAP, for assistance to people, with oil prices going through the roof in the winter.
So maverick he is not on the important, critical issues that affect people at that kitchen table.
This was a clear win for Biden. He is knowledgeable and articulate and really cares. She is cutesy and has minimal knowledge of any the basics of politics. She is not ready to be Vice President. She is not even ready to be Governor. I think she should stick with being the Mayor or hockey mom or the head of the PTA. She is better suited for the latter two.
Transcript of Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin debate the issues Thursday, October 2nd, 2008: (more…)