The one and only debate between vice presidential nominees Joe Biden and Sarah Palin has come and gone. Did it change any minds? Did it convince anyone to change their vote for the men running for President? Most Likely not. The electorate is quite polarized and those that remain undecided are a minority.
Personally, I am disappointed in both the presidential and vice presidential debates. I have been discouraged by the lack of any issue being articulated in a way that has changed minds by shedding new persuasive arguments on them. Yet, although no one has carried the ball to the goal post, in this one and only vice presidential debate, Governor Sarah Palin did score points.
Despite the experience of Joe Biden and his repeated runs for the presidency, Sarah Palin stood toe to toe with him and delivered a few body blows. The novice politician essentially used Joe Biden’s 35 years of beltway politics against him. Perhaps the greatest example of this was when Governor Palin stated that she does not understand Washington politicians who say they are for things that they vote against it or vise versa .
That was a remark that rang true with those of us outside of the beltway. It hit home the point that unlike Joe Biden, Sarah Palin is not accomplished in doubletalk or the politics of procrastination. She is a doer who does what she says.
Biden , for his part, was no pushover. He was congenial, personable and efficient. He got in many of the points that the Obama camp needed to hit John McCain on in areas of his perceived vulnerabilities. And Biden tried to drive them home but the fact remains, though, that those points did not hit home. Especially in the face of Sarah Palin’s strong defense of McCain and due to the fact that many of Biden’s points were false.
Sarah Palin, did at times, in fact, actually present some arguments better than McCain has. On energy she presented an “all of the above” approach, one that includes clean coal, drilling, solar, wind and hydro. On the current 800 billion dollar economic rescue package she shed light on the personal responsibility aspect of the problem which led too many to live beyond their means and laid appropriate blame for predatory loan practices at the feet of those who’s greed overtook the system. When asked by moderator Gwenn Iffel if predatory lenders played a role in the crisis, Palin didn’t flinch and responded “Darn right predatory lenders played a major role in this crisis”. She added that “we need to band together and never again be taken advantage of and exploited” and that proper federal oversight is needed. The Governor expanded further by reminding voters and Joe Biden that John McCain saw this crisis coming and offered needed oversight two years ago when he sponsored legislation that would have averted the problem we face now, legislation that Biden and his colleagues rejected.
One of my favorites moments came when Governor Palin reminded people that, much to the dismay of the Obama-Biden ticket, they are not running against George Bush and it is not his name that will be on the ballot in November. She delivered that punch with an off handed “Oh Joe, there you go again, pointing backwards again prefacing all your remarks with George Bush while we want to discuss where we want to go from here.”
On foreign affairs Sarah Palin demonstrated familiarity with the players on the international stage and reinforced a proper approach to dealing with those players. She convincingly argued against Obama’s commitment to sit down for tea with terrorists and rogue nations, without conditions, as they preach the virtues of a second holocaust or jihad against America.
On taxes she displayed a Reaganesque belief in the strength of our economy being the people who pump money into the economy and the businesses which employ the people who pump money into it. At one point the Governor responded to Senator Biden’s support for tax increases by eloquently, yet bluntly, pointing out that his intended redistribution of wealth was not patriotic but an example of government being in the way of the people and that more often than not , government is not a part of the solution but actually the problem. She demonstrated a faith in people more than government and referred to the potential of us, one day, having to tell our children’s children about what it was like to have once been free in America, if we maintain an out of control ideology that leads to a government that controls every aspect of our lives.
When all was said and done, this debate did not change the way one may be voting on Election Day, but it did dispel the liberal perception that Sarah Palin doesn’t have a clue and that she has no command of the issues. During the course of this debate Palin exceeded expectations and if she didn’t change the votes of those who will be supporting Obama, she did appealed to the voters that she needed to and reaffirmed their inclinations to vote for John McCain..
Sarah Palin proved that she is no flash in the pan and that regardless of the way this election turns out, she will be a force to contend with. The Alaskan, Governor made it clear that her experience is not based in talk but in the results that she achieved. Results which took on big oil, corruption and even her own party. Results that she can use to blaze a new and better direction for our nation.
She also demonstrated that she can take on the big boys and that she can handle the likes of Biden as well as the office of Vice President of the United States।
Alabama: Hell Yes, We Have Electricity
Alaska: 11,623 Eskimos Can’t Be Wrong!
Arizona: But It’s A Dry Heat
Arkansas: Literacy Ain’t Everything
California: By 30, Our Women Have More Plastic Than Your Honda
Colorado: If You Don’t Ski, Don’t Bother
Connecticut: Like Massachusetts, Only The Kennedy’s Don’t Own It-Yet
Delaware: We Really Do Like The Chemicals In Our Water
Florida: Ask Us About Our Grandkids
Georgia: We Put The “Fun” In Fundamentalist Extremism
Hawaii: Haka Tiki Mou Sha’ami Leeki Toru (Death To Mainland Scum, But Leave Your Money)
Idaho: More Than Just Potatoes…Well Okay, We’re Not, But The Potatoes Sure Are Real Good
Illinois: Please Don’t Pronounce the “S”
Indiana: 2 Billion Years Tidal Wave Free
Iowa: We Do Amazing Things With Corn
Kansas: First Of The Rectangle States
Kentucky: Five Million People; Fifteen Last Names
Louisiana: We’re Not ALL Drunk Cajun Wackos, But That’s Our Tourism Campaign
Maine: We’re Really Cold, But We Have Cheap Lobster
Maryland: If You Can Dream It, We Can Tax It
Massachusetts: Our Taxes Are Lower Than Sweden’s (For Most Tax Brackets)
Michigan: First Line Of Defense From The Canadians
Minnesota: 10,000 Lakes… And 10,000,000,000,000 Mosquitoes
Mississippi: Come And Feel Better About Your Own State
Missouri: Your Federal Flood Relief Tax Dollars At Work
Montana: Land Of The Big Sky, The Unabomber, Right-Wing Crazies, And Very Little Else
Nebraska: Ask About Our State Motto Contest
Nevada: Hookers and Poker!
New Hampshire: Go Away And Leave Us Alone
New Jersey: You Want A ##$%##! Motto? I Got Yer ##$%##! Motto Right Here!
New Mexico: Lizards Make Excellent pets
New York: You Have The Right To Remain Silent, You Have The Right To An
North Carolina: Tobacco Is A Vegetable
North Dakota: We Really Are One Of The 50 States!
Ohio: At Least We’re Not Michigan
Oklahoma: Like The Play, Only No Singing
Oregon: Spotted Owl… It’s What’s For Dinner
Pennsylvania: Cook With Coal
Rhode Island: We’re Not REALLY An Island
South Carolina: Remember The Civil War? We Didn’t Actually Surrender
South Dakota: Closer Than North Dakota
Tennessee: The Educashun State
Texas: Si’ Hablo Ing’les
Utah: Our Jesus Is Better Than Your Jesus
Virginia: Who Says Government Stiffs And Slackjaw Yokels Don’t Mix?
Washington: Help! We’re Overrun By Nerds And Slackers!
Washington, D.C.: Wanna Be Mayor?
West Virginia: One Big Happy Family… Really!
Wisconsin: Come Cut The Cheese
Wyoming: Where Men Are Men… and the sheep are scared