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comparison: She's no Dan Quayle
Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a debate-night wakeup call to
all those elite, East Coast liberal, pro-Obama, anti-Main
Street, mainstream media jackals who say a Joe Six Pack hockey
mom can't be president.
She's the spunky, lunch-bucket, maverick, moose-carvin',
Putin-huntin', pitbull America never knew it was waiting for.
Palin erased all doubt about her ability to awkwardly infuse
McCain-Bush talking points with a brisk Alaska breeze. Cleverly
adopting the disarming verbal strategy of an eager student
trying to stretch two pages of material into a 10-page report,
she peppered her homespun spin with W-esque presidential folksiness.
Even when bombarded with "gotcha" questions by
moderator Gwen Ifill, a card-carrying lefty according to the
right, Palin effortlessly summoned seemingly random strings
of words to underscore her refreshing lack of knowledge and
She frequently projected a nervous energy that is perfectly
normal for someone inexplicably thrust onto the presidential
stage by a candidate whose judgment tells him -- during this
near perfect storm of national crises -- to name the Wasilla
Wonder his, God forbid, possible successor as leader of the
"How long have I been at this, like five weeks?"
she said, reassuring the American public that she understands
the economic crisis is "a toxic mess, really, on Main
Street that's affecting Wall Street."
She also scolded her opponent, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware,
for suggesting that the destructive policies of the yet-to-expire
Bush administration, along with John McCain's pledge to continue
most of them, were somehow relevant to the election.
"Say it ain't so, Joe, there you go again pointing backwards
again. You preferenced your whole comment with the Bush administration.
Now doggone it, let's look ahead," said Palin.
"Americans are craving that straight talk," she
said, conjuring up such incisive rhetoric as, "we'll
do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the
plans that are needed for this nation."
And this curvy straight talk 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." That's sure to resonate with the "puzzled"
Palin achieved her goal of saying the word "maverick"
at least six times. But Biden countered with nine reverse
However, as expected, Biden's performance included several
of his signature gaffes.
Number one: He kept saying, "That's number one. Number
Number two: He dared make the unpatriotic suggestion that
"the last eight years, we've been dug into a very deep
hole here at home with regard to our economy, and abroad in
terms of our credibility. And there's a need for fundamental
change in our economic philosophy, as well as our foreign
Biden also said something about McCain having debated Harry
Truman. However, he did call upon Churchillian reservoirs
of diplomacy to resist telling his opponent she was full of
Though super slo-mo revealed that Palin blinked on at least several occasions, she did reassure millions of gay Americans that she is “tolerant” of them and said that, despite her opposition to Roe v. Wade, she’ll be a champion of “women’s rights.” She also reminded the millions of Americans praying for a near-term end to the Iraq war that they’re pledging allegiance to the “white flag of surrender.”
the debate, CNN dispelled fears of an anti-Palin media by
deploying a team of pundits to lavish praise upon the smart, but blatantly underqualified possible future president.
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Posted on October 3, 2008 8:57 AM
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