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Palin vs. Biden

October 3, 2008 1 comment

I was convinced that Palin was winning in the early going. She was in the mode that I gather is widely found to be charming, and Biden struck me as a little too technical. But her mode doesn’t seem to wear well. More and more it became clear that she was going to stick to her script, independent of the questions posed, and her script was revealed to be free of content. Just slogans. Noam Scheiber has a good discussion. See also the Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart. (Go the linked page, then scroll down until you find the chart.)

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Palin on Cheney

October 3, 2008 Leave a comment

I was so busy getting dinner ready for the Biden-Palin debate last night that I forgot to watch the latest installment of the Couric-Biden/Palin interviews on the CBS Evening News just before it. I’ve found one segment, in which Couric asks Biden and Palin the “best and worst thing that Dick Cheney has done as Vice President”:

Joe Biden: I’m not being a wise guy here … that I don’t know what he’s done. I mean, there’s not many things I’d pick that I thought he’s done that have been good. But I admire his strength. I admire his willingness to take positions that are completely contrary to popular opinion. But I think that what he’s done has been just, I don’t think Dick Cheney trusts that the American people can make judgments that are in the interest of the country. But the thing I think he’s really, really has done: I think he’s done more harm than any other single high elected official in memory in terms of shredding the constitution. You know, condoning torture, pushing torture as a policy. This idea of a unitary executive, meaning the Congress and the people have no power in a time of war, and the president controls everything. I don’t have any animus toward Dick Cheney but I really do think his attitude about the constitution and the prosecution of this war has been absolutely wrong.

Sarah Palin: Worst thing, I guess that would have been the duck-hunting accident, where you know, that was an accident. And that I think that was made into a caricature of him. And that was kind of unfortunate.

So, the best thing though, he’s shown support, along with George W. Bush, of our troops. And I’ve been there when George Bush has spoken to families of those who have suffered greatly, those who are serving in the military. I’ve been there when President Bush has embraced those families and expressed the concern and the sympathy speaking for all of America in those times. And for Dick Cheney to have supported that effort of George Bush’s. I respect that.

Stunning. Maverick Palin cannot come up with a single issue on which to criticize Cheney. The candidate of change apparently would change nothing. And she converts her example of the worst thing into a failure on the part of the media.

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