"The chant is 'Drill, Baby, Drill', Mr. Biden, and the people are hungry to tap into our energy sources."
It was a moment straight out of a lunchtime pep rally. It was also the moment it became obvious that Sarah Palin's role in tonight's debate was to cheerlead for John McCain -- coincidentally keeping the focus off of her own weak credentials.
In the debate tonight 'Sarah Palin the Cheerleader' had her cheers straight, but Vice-President Joe Biden was a shining example of what we need in the White House for the next eight years. Palin barely held her own in the first half of the debate, which centered primarily on domestic issues, but once the question turned towards nuclear armament and eventually to Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan Biden stepped into the role of Vice-President as Palin offered more cheers.
Guess which one said this on the question of the role of the Vice-President:
"Of course, we know what a Vice-President does, and that's not only preside over the Senate, and we'll take that position very seriously also. I'm thankful that the Constitution will allow a bit more authority given to the Vice-President also if that Vice-President so choses to exert it in working with the Senate."
"And, uhm, making sure that we are supportive of the President's policies and making sure too that our President understands what our strengths are. John McCain and I have had good conversations about where I would lead with his agenda and that is energy independence in America and reform of government, over all."
Good conversations are important in a campaign, and even more important when you're leading a nation. That's what worries me. There's an 'inability to clearly articulate' that is at the core of who Sarah Palin is as a potential national leader.
Some may find it endearing and warm, and the folks in Alaska may just love this little hockey mom "Gosh Darn Donchaknowit"... but I'm confident that Sarah Palin would not rise to the level of governor in my home state of California. and if she's not bright enough to lead my state she isn't bright enough to lead our nation.
I'm sure that I'll have lots of YouTube debate video clips highlighting Palin's shortcomings to post in the coming days and weeks. We'll have lots of "good conversations" ahead, and I'll try to gather all of the cheers Palin gave in the debate and make a list so we all can join in on the next lunchtime rally Palin leads for the Saggy Maverick.
"It's a good team, it's a good ticket."
My mission tonight was to judge Biden and Palin against a presidential yardstick. Biden measured up and Palin did not, but Palin didn't even try. She was there to prop up a sagging-in-the-polls Maverick. Rah!
I'll let Governor Palin have the last word.
"We have not got to allow the partisanship that has really been entrenched in Washington D.C., no matter who's been in charge -- when the Republicans were in charge I didn't see a whole lot of progress there either, when the Democrats either though -- this last go around for the last two years. Change is coming and John McCain is the leader of that reform."
CNN-TV released their instant poll of debate watchers (on-air, no link yet), here's the highlights:
Who Did the Best Job in the Debate?
Who Was More in Touch with the Problems of People Like You?
Who is More Likely to Bring Change?
The McCain campaign organization is going to cheerlead for Sarah Palin and tell her she did a great job, hoping to boost her self-confidence. The CNN results above suggest otherwise, and I'll post more in the next 3-4 days as the result of tonight's debate are measured in additional polls.
CBS Poll of undecided voters:
Is Gov. Palin Qualified to Serve as President? (CNN)
Before the debate: Yes 42% No 54%
After the debate: Yes 46% No 53%
Is Sen. Biden Qualified to Serve as President? (CNN)
Before the Debate: Yes 78% No 19%
After the Debate: 87% No 12%
George Harris, Kansas City Star:
I was surprised that Palin's charm did not work better than the poll results showed. But she likely was weighed down by Saturday Night Live parodies and interviews earlier in the week with CBS's Couric. By the time of the debate, people knew that she is not ready for the presidency and saw through her efforts to appear that she was with canned responses.
LIke me, Brad Delong lost count:
What percentage of questions did Palin answer? 20%?
And a final Huzzah! for this:
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