Friday, October 3, 2008

Debate Winners!

How can both participants win a debate that is not a draw?

Gov. Palin was rapidly becoming a joke because of her lack of depth. Expectations were so low that finishing the debate without piddling on herself would be declared victory. But, this debate gave her the chance to play her strength: Delivering prewritten lines to a camera, reading blocks from the note cards on her podium. Manual telepromptors, as it were. Stuff you learn when studying telejournalism. She did not look potentially presidential, but she did not look nearly as ignorant as she does when tough follow-up questions -- like "Seriously, what do you read?" -- are allowed. After her term as governor, maybe she can get a job with FOX (although she may not actually be conservative enough for them).

Sen Biden obviously knows a great deal and fortunately did not share it all with us at once-- a good thing. But he clearly showed the advantage of knowing stuff -- at least to the reality-based community. (E.g. If you are going to fight global warming, it really would be handy to understand what is causing it.)

Padin helped herself. Biden helped the ticket.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think SNL put it best--Palin managed to escape the debate without fainting, running out of the building, soiling herself, or vomiting. When the bar is low enough to be a speedbump...that'll do.

John Q. Public said...

Hey Phil if you are too busy working on slimy real estate deals to run this blog, quit pretending to do it and turn it over to someone who will.

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