Thursday, October 02, 2008

V.P. Debate

Just a few thoughts on this evening's debate. On substance, Biden appeared well informed and had a good command of the issues. Biden was very effective in talking about John McCain, and was particularly good near the end when he picked apart McCain's supposed "Maverick" status. Palin didn't let herself get ruffled - she didn't have one of the CBS' Katie Couric moments. She also had that "folksy" thing going. She did make some factual errors, and she flat out refused to acknowledge and answer a number of questions. She also said she'd work to expand the power of the VP, and agreed with Cheney's view of the VP's powers. One thing that might get a lot of play was her admission that she's only been doing this for five weeks and hasn't made any promises to keep when asked what policies of the ticket would be impacted by the financial crisis.

One thing that kind of bugged me was the CNN point scoring board during the debate. It distracted me from actually listening and watching the candidates; rather, I had to force myself to not look at the ticker each time a candidate was talking. One guy (Rollins, I think) was particularly in the tank for Palin - there was a moment where she was talking where he kept hitting the Palin button over and over again.

In the end, I don't think this will do much to repair the damage Palin did to herself last week, and I thought Biden looked good.

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