Sometimes . . . (Updated)


I love being right.

Just sayin’.

Update:  Just finished watching the debate.  Her excessive and forced colloquial speech tested my gag reflex more than once (particularly the use of the incorrect pronunciation “nu-ku-lar” over and over and freaking over again).   I thought she sounded practiced but not responsive to questions, and nervous.  The media pundits (and I’m watching PBS) sound like they thought she did well, which I don’t get at all.  She didn’t run off the stage crying, but I wouldn’t say she came across as compelling or particularly articulate.  But, as Terry pointed out in the comments, the bar was set very low, so, as with her speech at the convention, she might have come off well based on the low expectations.

14 Responses to “Sometimes . . . (Updated)”

  1. Michael Lasley Says:

    Palin “speaks to the heart of America’s economic angst,” says McCain senior aid Wallace (in the NYT article). I hope she’s speaking to the heart of that problem in some other way than the way she did in the Couric interview.

  2. urbino Says:

    But she reads all the newspapers. All of them. I bet Joe Biden can’t say that.

  3. Terry A. Says:

    My gut on tonight’s debate is that the bar is being set so low for Palin that she’ll come out smelling like a rose. The nation’s collective expectations are so low that it’s hard to imagine she’ll do as poorly as most expect. And apparently Biden’s not exactly adroit at these sorts of things, either, so there’s plenty of risk for Camp JoeBama here, too.

  4. Terry A. Says:

    Also: 7-2.

    Seven to two.

  5. mrspeacock Says:

    Oh my. So I saw this post and my first thought was “Wait a minute. Aren’t MsMiranda and Sandi the same person?” Yeeeeah, it’s a good thing I’m not debating anything tonight.

  6. Sandi Says:

    Terry, I agree that after the Katie Couric interviews, the bar is set low for her. Also, the format of the debate (90 second answers) will allow her to hide behind sound bites rather than require her to show any knowledge. So, I don’t expect her to do poorly tonight (if she does, great, but I don’t expect that). A lot will depend on the questions — hence the tactical choice of the right and, belatedly, the McCain campaign, to go after Ms. Ifill about her book in an attempt to get her to throw softballs at Palin to avoid looking biased. I hope that Ifill does not dumb down her questions in response to this and presses to get answers to the questions she asks — one of the things that annoys me most about debate moderators (and interviewers) is when they allow the candidate to duck the question by reciting rehearsed talking points instead of providing an answer to the question asked.

    Biden does have his weak points, but he has been working hard to prepare for this debate format and to rein in his tendency to be long-winded and sound condescending, so I am hopeful that he will avoid any major mistakes. He has my sickness — too much brutal honesty and too little thinking before speaking.

    what’s 7-2? I assume it must be something sports-related?

  7. urbino Says:

    the format of the debate (90 second answers) will allow her to hide behind sound bites rather than require her to show any knowledge

    I generally agree with your debate comments, Sandi, but I disagree with this a little. 90 seconds of air time is a long time to fill with sound bites. I don’t think she can do that. Which is why I think there will be a LOT of questions that she won’t use her full 90 seconds to answers.

    I also think many bloggers are right that what she’ll be trying to do — what the McCain will have prepped her to do — is get off one or two really snarky one-liners that will dominate the press coverage.

  8. terryaustin Says:

    Seven-to-two is the score of a certain baseball game from last night.

    There are people here who root for the team that scored two. There are others that root for the team that scored seven. I am among the latter. I am also obnoxious. And superstitious. Which is why I am not naming names or teams.

  9. Jamie D Says:

    Dodgers, Cubs

  10. J D Says:

    Palin sounded cheerleadery and Biden is Washington insider slime. But no doubt Biden was more impressive.

  11. Terry A. Says:

    (10-3, by the way.)

    Palin did fairly well, it seemed, though I agree with the update to this post as to the reasons why. And I have to say her accent drives me nuts, and not in a good way. “Say it ain’t so, Joe” was so obviously premeditated and canned, and the accent made it even more annoying. Biden’s “bridge to nowhere” was just as lame (only without the accent).

  12. urbino Says:

    I missed it, but the reaction I’m seeing around the intertubes has 2 dissonant components: pundits saying she did well, and polls showing Biden winning 2:1 among undecided voters.

    Yet further evidence that celebrity pundits don’t really know the first thing about what actual people think? Probably.

  13. Sandi Says:

    I agree about the accent — it grates. I was heartened by the polls that you mention, JU; it is nice to see that knowledge counts for as much as “folksiness” or “likability” this time around. I didn’t think Biden’s performance was flawless by any stretch, since he also relied on rehearsed sound bites and didn’t always speak to the question asked. I guess to some extent that can’t be avoided in a debate, but it would be nice for there to be more direct answers to the questions, especially since none of them came out of left field — they were all pretty predictable. I found Palin’s response regarding civil rights for same-sex couples interesting; I wonder whether any of the base will be at all alienated by that. The other highlight was definitely the denial of global warming being man-made. I thought Biden’s response to that was right on — if you don’t understand the cause, you can’t get to the solution.

  14. urbino Says:

    Interesting email from a reader over at Andrew Sullivan’s blog:

    In reaction to Rich Lowry, I’m sure I’m not the only woman who, upon reading his words, sat up a little straighter and said, “Is he kidding? Is he goddamn kidding me?” Is this the kind of reaction the women in this country should want men to have to the possible first female Vice Presidential candidate in history? Holy hell.

    I thought Palin’s performance at the debate was downright embarrassing and on top of that I have to read this clown’s blog, stating more or less that Palin gave him an erection? Little starbursts my ass. Here’s what I thought when Palin “dropped” that first wink at us: “Did she just wink at us like she was America’s cocktail waitress?” Rich Lowry is on the verge of slapping Sarah Palin on the ass and asking her for another of those fantastic whiskey sours.

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