Thursday, October 2, 2008

Palin Better Than Expected, but Avoids Questions and Still Verges on Gibberish; Biden Excellent

Sarah Palin definitely exceeded the low expectations that came from her embarrassing responses to Katie Couric earlier this week. But Palin avoided answering some of the questions, and a few of her answers verged on gibberish (as with Katie Couric).

In contrast, I thought Biden was fine, especially in going over John McCain's record of not being a "maverick" - supporting Bush, tax-breaks for the wealthy, the war in Iraq, and the policies that have brought our country to where it is today.

About Palin's gibberish: look at transcripts or video clips of her answers on global warming, and on nuclear proliferation. Can you get completely what she is saying?

For example, on global warming:

I'm not one to attribute every man -- activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for man's activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet.

Or, on nuclear proliferation:

Nuclear weaponry, of course, would be the be all, end all of just too many people in too many parts of our planet, so those dangerous regimes, again, cannot be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, period.

Well, I guess that sentence did get somewhat comprehensible by the end.

And when Palin was completely comprehensible, she came out with some strange statements - including John McCain "knows how to win a war". What war would that be? Vietnam? Iraq? And she was 100% clear in her intentions when she flat out refused to answer some of the questions Gwen Ifill put to her.

But Palin did come across as personable - unlike McCain.

As did Joe Biden. Indeed, Joe Biden had the most emotionally connecting moment of the debate, when he talked about it was like to be a single parent, with your children in danger. He politically was clear and factual, explaining the chasm of differences between Barack Obama and McCain.

So I give the debate to Joe Biden.

And hats off, too, to Gwen Ifell - who could have been a little tougher in her questions and follow-ups, but was completely nonpartisan and professional in her moderation, showing that all the Republican whining today, as per usual, was unfounded.

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