The Intersection

I Want To Debate Sarah Palin


Everyone’s worried that no matter what Biden says on Thursday, Republicans will cry ‘sexism‘. Well I’m a woman too. So why not? No I’m not on any ticket, but consider: I’ve got more experience in Washington than the governor and arguably better ideas on energy, foreign policy, the economy, and homeland security.


Please oh please?

There’s more… Sarah’s not so into natural history, I worked at the Museum of Natural History. She was mayor of a small northern town, and I lived in Old Town, Maine. She supports oil drilling, I don’t. I’m pro-choice, Sarah’s not. I’ve had my passport longer and you bet I love our troops and the fishing industry too. She did the sports anchor thing, I did pop radio. She played basketball and went by ‘barracuda‘ and I played soccer and have a strong affinity for sea cucumbers. Fuzzy logic, you say? Americans love fuzzy logic on the campaign trail.

But seriously folks, you want a real debate? I’ll give America one…old school. None of this Jim Lehrer ‘conversation‘ where we never make eye contact and spend two hours talking past each other. It’s not a cordial tea party, they’re called debates for a reason.

Because I’ve got some real serious questions for the individual who might one day be president. Someone’s got to step up and make it clear that we’re not going to settle for sound bytes on script while tiptoeing around issues that matter. This is the United States and it’s our duty as citizens of this great nation to demand better.

Please let me debate Governor Palin.


  1. #1 Peter
    September 29, 2008

    I’d love to see it and think you’ll talk circles around her.

  2. #2 Will
    September 29, 2008

    I had some tinned Alaskan Salmon the other day, and I’m pretty sure it could have beaten Palin in a game of trivial pursuit.

    I’m looking forward to the VP debate. I’m sure Biden doesn’t like being completely ignored as he has been since the Republicans announced their candidate. I hope he takes out his frustration on Palin. Really, there’s no need for mercy because Palin is a newbie or a woman, if she can’t hold her own in a debate, scripted or otherwise, she doesn’t deserve to be Vice President, that’s pretty simple.

    What would be really sexist and demeaning is if Biden patronizes her by not running intellectual rings around her (which I’m fairly confident he can). It’d be like saying “There there Sarah, it’s okay if you don’t know anything about foreign policy, you’re just a woman”.

  3. #3 Josh
    September 29, 2008

    Wow, it great to see this sort of passion on this blog.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing this debate one bit.

  4. #4 Susan
    September 29, 2008

    Just the intelligence of the post you just wrote qualifies you way more than this female GOVERNOR, who can’t put two cohesive sentences together.
    How she became the governor of Alaska is a quandary.
    I think her appeal is that she is a ‘hot chick’ on an otherwise very dull, tired, and corrupt-carrying ticket.

  5. #5 Salvo
    September 29, 2008

    Kirshenbaum for VP! I’d vote for you any day, Sheril!

  6. #6 Sean
    September 29, 2008

    To be honest, I’m worried you would rough her up even more than Joey the Shark…

  7. #7 Cas
    September 29, 2008
  8. #8 Realist
    September 29, 2008

    The truth is that if you were able to debate Palin, regardless of content of the debate, her supporters would see only a great victory, and your choir could boast no more than an excellent sermon.

  9. #9 Mike Treder
    September 29, 2008

    Good for you Sheril!

    The proposal is now on DIGG

  10. #10 Lauren
    September 29, 2008

    hear hear

  11. #11 tguy
    September 29, 2008

    But can you match her vast “executive experience”? And what foreign countries can you see from your window?

    Aw heck, go for it!

  12. #12 Strider
    September 29, 2008

    Hellz Yah!

  13. #13 Mimi
    September 29, 2008

    woohoo! I’m in. You should totally do it… we would all love it!

  14. #14 Marvin Music
    September 29, 2008

    This sounds like a marvelous idea.

    On a more serious note – I’m hoping Biden is very cordial Thursday night towards her – and speaks entirely about Obama (positively of course) and McCain/Bush (negatively of course.)

  15. #15 martha
    September 29, 2008

    bring it on sheril! you better hope your beauty pageant video doesn’t make it on youtube though!

  16. #16 decrepitoldfool
    September 29, 2008

    Man, I would so love to see you take her to school.

  17. #17 Gerry L
    September 29, 2008

    It doesn’t matter what Biden says or does, Rick & Steve have it all mapped out:

    Biden doesn’t look at Palin when she speaks: he’s dismissive.
    He looks at her when she speaks: he’s leering.
    He smiles or laughs: he’s mocking her.
    He maintains a poker face: he’s trying to intimidate her.
    He calls her Sarah: he’s talking down to her.
    He calls her Governor Palin: he’s patronizing her by being overly deferential.
    He interrupts her: he’s a bully.
    He doesn’t interrupt her: he’s a wimp.

    There is nothing he can do that will not be immediately attacked by the McCain surrogates, who are probably already memorizing all the responses. It’s what they do best.

  18. #18 Ron Hager
    September 30, 2008

    I would pay good money to see that debate. Someone should start a campaign to petition for that debate.

  19. #19 qma
    September 30, 2008

    Gerry, Love your comments.

  20. #20 Ty
    October 1, 2008

    yea, Sheril! Who’s wearing the lipstick now?!

  21. #21 P3
    October 2, 2008

    Can you please present your “arguably better ideas on energy?” All I see is a link that presents the candidates partial opinions on energy policy followed by a plethora of uninformed partisan comments.

    Rather than waste you precious time debating Sarah, why not put your money where your mouth is and debate me on the subject of energy.

  22. #22 Dan
    October 2, 2008

    Looks like Sheril’s preoccupied, but you’ll find some cool ideas at the energy blog .

  23. #23 p3
    October 2, 2008

    Posted by: Dan
    Looks like Sheril’s preoccupied, but you’ll find some cool ideas at the energy blog.

    Thanks for the link, I like the backing of efficiency standards, but I am thirsting to drink from Sheril’s better ideas on energy.
    In the interim, please feel free to review my energy rubric and discussion at Begging to Differ

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