Well, I watched the Vice-Presidential debate and I’m decidedly NOT all a twitter.
I supposed it was “spirited”; well, as much as it could have been considering it was as much a pep rally for their running mates as it was a debate. I didn’t hear a lot of “issue meat” from either podium as I would have liked. I think Biden came across far more substantive but at times, a bit wooden.
I think Palin spoke in broad generalities too, too often when it came to espousing what she believed in and in what a McCain/Palin White House would entail politically.
She got some decent Obama bin Biden licks in.
She compared their Iraq exit strategy as “holding a white flag of surrender”.
She told Biden that the candidates promoting change sure have a habit of looking back and pointing fingers of blame.
In fact, she said a couple of things to Biden that few people have probably ever said to him in his 35 illustrious years on “The Hill”.
Then again, she also said a few things that made my skin crawl. I’m talking about “nucular”, “Ahkmedinijad” and her incessant repetition of the word that she used to describe herself and her running mate: “meeyavericks”.
That irritating trifecta had me looking for something sharp. I must admit, her accent is a bit off putting for my ears.
And I could’ve done without those little “gosh darn, doggone” homespun colloquialisms she utters. And there were the “you betchas” and all those suffix drops of words ending in “i-n-g”. Hearing her use words such as “gunna…likin’…placin’…startin’, made me go a little crazy.
Now, please remember that I’m from Texas. I live and work in a world populated by people that have rarely ever pronounced their ‘i-n-g” suffixes. And if truth be told, I cringed whenever Presidents Bush, Clinton and Carter uttered them in those twangs of theirs. Personally, I want my President and Vice President to be literate. Or at least, they should sound that way.
But as performances go, Sarah Palin did OK tonight. As a friend said, “she can ONLY benefit from lowered expectations”. He also said that she did well because she didn’t implode. He thinks that’s enough; I don’t. While she fared better than she has in previous televised appearances, I think Senator Biden was smoother, far more poised and at times, actually seemed more presidential than either McCain or Obama.
He had a real command of issues; I felt she was more coached. At times he was precise; she was vague and deflective. I think she also rattled him at times. His responses (though I must question the veracity of several) seemed to have a genus in real world experience; her responses seemed to tumble forth from her lips like rote. He won hands down on foreign policy; she’s prettier than he is. He did fine; she held her own…for the most part.
But even so (and please know that I don’t like saying this because make no mistake, I am a Republican through and through), from my perspective, if there has to be a winner, it was Biden. Maybe he didn’t win per se; perhaps he just fared better. That’s my opinion. Look, what I know about politics could fill a thimble. I say Biden wons based on my gut reaction as a broadcaster.
OK so, Biden “won” and Palin didn’t exactly “lose”. Maybe it was more of a draw…I don’t know.
The ONLY consolation is that I don’t think the outcome of this debate is going to sway too many votes one way or another.