Oct. 2, 2008 at 8:51pm
Usually at six we are deep into dishes and homework, but tonight I hurried through and sat down with my husband to watch. She did better than I expected, but really kept to her talking points.I find the constant reference to McCain as a maverick annoying and it bothered me that neither one would back gay marriage. Her repeated talk of energy independence stemming from drilling was also troubling. I don't think she was an asset to the campaign tonight.
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by Ann on 10/2/2008 @ 9:03pm
|I think the expections for Palin were so low that the fact she didn't fall flat on her face was a great asset to the campaign. Unfortuantely.|
by KevinFreitas on 10/3/2008 @ 6:40am
|Watched and cringed most of the time. Palin was a folksy, awkward, bullet point talker and Biden worried me with too many numbers and "Washington" speak. Fortunately as with the presidential debate last week, America didn't buy the folksy crap though considering who we've had in the White House the last 8 years I was understandably concerned.|
Here's a very simple illustration of what the mindset of Americans is right now compared to how the candidates showed themselves in these debates:
Americans' concerns over the economy:
McCain/Palin's demeanor at the first two debates:
American's are feeling jittery and concerned about whether they'll be able to keep their house and afford gas and they are craving steady, level-headed, composed, and confident leadership to get everyone out of this mess. Thankfully, Obama and Biden fit the bill there and that difference is obvious to everyone now.
by chrism39 on 10/3/2008 @ 8:45am
|I agree they look very calm and composed. I also agree that her folksy crap irritates me to no end.|
by fredo on 10/3/2008 @ 9:08am
|Chris@ Your observasions were right on. Of course she described McCain as a maverick. For the Republicans to win in November they must distance themselves as far from the current adminstration as possible. Maybe they should try Dino's approach, refer to their party affiliation as "GOP" instead of Republican.|
by ixia on 10/3/2008 @ 9:35am
|Maverick: unbranded cattle that can be caught and branded as one's own by anyone who can catch it.
Who will catch it, you ask? Whoever is the highest bidder. That is the republican market principal.
McCainâ€™s dramatic and erratic actions such as picking Palin or â€œsuspendingâ€ his campaign paired with Palinâ€™s believe in creationism and silly cries of â€˜drill baby drillâ€™ are a sobering window into the future. I want smart people in charge. We did experiment with the folksy guy. And what a failure that was.