Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Palin-Biden Debate; A Barracuda Sighting

My initial response to tonight's vice-presidential debate was crystal clear.

Sarah Palin is not the embarrassment she was made out to be.

Well...almost.

No, she didn't implode, and she held her own on the same stage with Senator Joe Biden. And in that sense, she does come out a winner.

She stuck to the talking points, and stuck it to the Obama- Biden ticket on every occasion. Pundit Howard Fineman said that she was like a wolverine biting on to a guy's pants leg.

Her biggest accomplishment of the night was this- she stopped the bleeding. She needed to stem the tide of criticism of her mind boggling interviews this past week with Katie Couric, as well as the hits she took from conservative columnists George Will, Charles Krauthammer, and Kathleen Parker.

Palin followed the rule of adhered to by most politicians- she answered the questions she wanted to answer instead of the ones she was asked. And she did it fairly well, although it was obvious to even the most dispassionate observer.

Biden was Biden- talky but charming, and, in my opinion, he won it on points.

What have I learned from this?

Sarah Palin is not the Tina Fey caricature....

And if, God forbid, the next President of the United States were to die in office I would feel much safer- still- with Joe Biden next in line of succession.

You betcha!

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