Governor Sarah Palin came out on stage confident and with a broad smile on her face. You could almost feel her excitement. She asked Senator Biden if she could call him “Joe” which reminds us that she is just one of us. She stayed on point, connected with regular Americans that are struggling and seemed to be on offense most of the evening. The few times she needed to defend, she did so thoroughly. She more than rose up to expectations and erased any doubts that a sniveling Charlie Gibson and an obstinate Katie Couric tried to create. I bet the mainstream media is quaking in their biased boots now. And I have to hand it to Gwen Ifill that she did a good job and was fair, at least to a point. Joe Biden got far more rebuttals. Of course, she had no other choice. I wonder how many wadded up pieces of paper were under her desk of questions she really wanted to hammer Sarah with. My favorite moment of the evening came when Sarah told both Biden and Ifill that she was not going to answer the questions exactly like they wanted. She asserted herself and let them know they weren’t going to walk on her. She said specifically, “I may not answer the question the way the moderator or you want, but I’m going to answer and talk straight to the American people.”
So let’s get to the meat. Ifill asked about who was to blame for the subprime crisis and the economic crisis. Sarah reminded everyone that two years ago John McCain had been blowing the warning trumpet. Biden tried to say that Barack had done the same thing – wish Sarah would have asked if that was before or after he lined his pocket with Fannie/Freddie money. Sarah reminds everyone that Barack has voted for tax increases 94 times, one of which raised taxes on those making only $ 42,000 a year. Joe Biden spent most of the evening with a stupid grin on his face. I read it as, “Oh shit, she’s right. What should I say?” Especially the numerous times she pointed out negative things that Biden had said previously about Obama or times that Biden did not vote with Obama. It really makes one wonder just where Joe Biden stands, but he’d rather play politics as usual. Sarah said, on the other hand, that she and McCain do not always agree.
The two talk about redistribution of wealth – Biden calls it “fairness”. I wish Sarah would have called it Socialism. People need to realize that that is what Obama/Biden stand for and will bring. She reaffirms that the middle class does not consider paying taxes as “patriotic”.
*A whole roomful of independent voters on Fox News just raised their hands that they think Sarah won the debate!!!! Then they are asked if she is ready to lead and I see one woman shake her head and those around her nodding “Yes”. Even MSNBC analysts are saying she held her own – man that must have hurt.*
The debate moved on to climate change which Biden continued to call global warming and said that it is strictly manmade. Get with the times, Joe. There is no conclusive scientific evidence of that and how do you explain that scientists now claim that we are in global cooling. Sarah reminds everybody that she lives in a place that is directly affected by climate change. Sarah seems to adhere to a bit of the propaganda, but only claims that man is partly to blame. I obviously think she could have been stronger here, but she may not have wanted to distance herself too much from McCain who is a global warming champion as well. To my dismay. Biden claims he is for clean coal, but I’ve heard with my own ears that he has said he is against it and Obama’s campaign had to retract statements Biden made.
We move to something close to home for me and it appears both camps are in agreement when it comes to same sex partners – no marriage, but yes to benefits and acceptance. I can deal with that and respect it. So wake up gay people supporting Obama unequivocally – he doesn’t want you marrying either. (Hasn’t talked to the gay media either and didn’t show for the LOGO debates.) Sarah Palin appears to be the only one who has done something positive for gays – she vetoed a measure that would have taken same sex benefits from government employees.
Now talk turns to the war. Sarah says she and McCain will win the war while Biden says they will end the war. Pretty sure that means quit, surrender and take our ball home. Afghanistan becomes a topic of a little bit of fighting between the debaters each claiming what a certain commander meant when talking about whether a surge would work there just like it did in Iraq. Biden says that McKiernan (sp?) said it wouldn’t work, Sarah refutes him handily. Biden smirks and kind of skips over a rebuttal – “Damn she caught me,” he thinks.
Biden spends alot of time connecting McCain to Bush which is his job. Sarah finally has had enough and tells him enough of looking back, let’s look forward which is what John and she will do. This is a great way to differentiate themselves from Bush and makes any further connections obsolete. Bravo Sarah!
Talking heads had no great expectations for Sarah and so they seem surprised that she did so well. The regular people of America seem ignited again. Sarah was on and she was herself like we were all hoping for. She was strong and showed that she is a leader and will one day be this country’s leader if we are so lucky. I love how she pounded home corruption on Wall Street and in Washington and that she and McCain were going to make things different. She connected with her people – us regular guys. Liberals expected her to lose, possibly tie if lucky, but win – no way. That collective “thump” you hear are the liberals soiling themselves. Obama’s not getting any sleep tonight!