Thursday, October 2, 2008

Biden v. Palin

OK folks, who "won"? (You know that is being asked)

Were the questions answered? (Weeellll, sort of. Wished I had counted the platitudes.)

Was this a debate? (Meh)

Will there be a bounce? (Who knows.)

Umm. What is a Vice-President supposed to do? (There are formal roles, president of the Senate and to certify the Electoral College count) and informal roles as an agent of president. And then there is the Cheney Vice-Presidency which is something other than else.)

What was the most stunning and awkward moment? (The discussion of equal rights for same sex couples was surprising and also very awkward. Wonder how Palin's support for equal rights will play with her base AND how Biden's opposition to gay marriage will play with the base.)

Did the candidates meet the low expectations expected of them? (Probably.)

And then there is this:

she's a master, not of facts, figures, or insightful policy recommendations, but at the fine art of the nonanswer, the glittering generality. Against such charms there is little Senator Biden, or anyone, can do. (Andrew Halco)

Gawd! I wish it 11/5/08 already! The tension is killing me . . .


GVB said...

I've spent a good part of today depressed over the fact that the level of intelligence, discourse, and knowledge required to be successful in politics has sunk so damn low.

We hold our professional sports coaches more accountable than our VP candidates. It's ugly. So ugly. And frankly, McCain's entire campaign is built on such an ugly form of logical fallacy and fear-mongering that I am stunned every time I hear one of his soundbites.

Andy said...

Here's some insightful commentary....

rpd said...

I don't think the intelligence has sunk so low (there are really smart people involved in crafting these messages. Really, the problem lies in the low expectations of the American people and the fact that base motivations are so easily manipulated (you can thank social science for this).

It is the fact that there is so little accountability for the impacts of speech that is so worrisome.