Granted, I’m hardly an unbiased source. But come on folks! I know these debates are decided far more on style than substance, but surely at some point you have to say something. The country just can’t be so far gone that ninety minutes of contentless babbling that stops just short of utter humiliation now makes you look Presidential. Unlike in her interviews Palin this time managed to speak in complete sentences and her words mostly cohered into actual thoughts, albeit thoughts that were totally irrelevant to the question that was asked. Who outside a brain-dead contrarian pundit or an in-the-tank right-winger could possibly be impressed by that?
Biden reminded me of why I wish he were at the top of the ticket. He spoke with passion and confidence and — what a thought! — actually seemed in command of the issues. I know, I know, only egghead policy wonks care about such things, but I find it endearing in a possible President of the country. Especially in the foreign policy portion of the debate, Biden was devastating in listing the litany of Bush administration failures and in linking McCain to those failures. He simply ignored Palin and her ineptly delivered one-liners, and calmly made the case against a third Bush term.
Palin had nothing in reply. Her response to eight years of failure and incompetence is to accuse Biden of looking to the past? She thinks we can devise a reasonable response to global warming without understanding what causes it? Folksiness and profanity substitutes (Gosh darn it, Joe!) are cute when used sparingly. Use them in every response and they become just another cyncial tactic.
Happily, the snap polling seems to be on my side. CNN, for example, has it at 51-36 for Biden. Yay! Normally I would say that we should wait until the other side of the weekend to look at the polls, but with the next Presidential debate coming up on Tuesday this one is going to recede from memory pretty quickly.
Be sure to have a look at the Palin debate flow chart.
I saw Republican pundit Ed Rollins on CNN last night tell us sagely that Palin will be a serious candidate for President in 2012. Let me go on record now with the following: No she won’t. She’s another Quayle. If McCain loses, or if McCain wins but only serves one term, Palin will not be the Republican nominee in 2012. She won’t even get very far in the primaries. She doesn’t know anything about anything, for heaven’s sake! Even among Republicans that eventually catches up with you.