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02 October 2008

My Girl Comes Thru!

I have to admit I watched this debate with enormous trepidation. Actually, I "watched" very little - I mostly paced back and forth between rooms, listening for the most part but not always watching. It reminded me of a Yankees-Boston game this summer when the Yanks had a 2-run lead in the ninth and they brought in Mariano, of course. Before you could say "Enter Sandman", the lead was down to 1 and the bases were loaded with no one out. I could barely watch - I had to peek in every now and then but couldn't just sit and watch it. As it turned out, Mariano came through - he got the last 3 outs without a run-scoring. And that's what Palin pulled off tonite - she was facing bases loaded with none out, and she got out of the inning. It was a really clutch performance, though she basically extracted herself from a problem of her own making. And of course the Yanks as it turned out eventually lost to Boston in the wildcard race.

But her performance will surely stanch the bleeding, put her back on a solid footing, and enable her to get out there and save votes, particularly in places like North Carolina, where Obama has pulled ahead. Just a couple well-timed hunting trips thru the hill country should pull that one back. There was very little 'conservative' in what she said, except for one bright moment when she talked about "personal responsibility" in the financial crisis. It boggles my mind why the McCain camp doesn't play this up more - make their campaign the one that represents the vast majority of Americans who are responsible with their money, who don't get mortgages they can't afford and save rather than spend. Even if only a minority of Americans actually behave this way, surely a majority think they do. But otherwise there seems very little in either Sarah Palin or of course McCain that appeals to conservatives on substance.

What's important, from a conservative's viewpoint, is that the election be as close as possible. Obama is going to win - with the financial crisis and two aimless wars, there's no way a well-run campaign like Obama's can't win. But the last thing we need is for Obama to go into office with a lost of confidence, particularly thinking he's got middle-class voters in his back pocket and thinking he can with impunity wage a race/class war. True, barely winning the election didn't keep George Bush very humble, but Obama is much more cautious than Bush and unlikely to take decisive actions that will alienate large numbers of voters.

10 Comments:

Anonymous jimbo said...

Ziel, you got taken as if by a cheap hooker. Your girl, lost the debate with the undecideds... What she accomplished was to yes, stop the hemmoraging of confidence with the Republican base by not making a complete ass of herself as she has in recent (filtered?) interviews... But all of her winking, talking points-reading, Reagan line-stealing, mavericking, hockey momming aw-shucks "can I call you Joe?" -ing didn´t distract from the real story here... not Joe Sixpack but Joe Biden.

We just witnessed one of the, if not the greatest presidential or vice presidential debate performances of all time... certainly in the TV era...

Normally, vice presidential debates don´t have real effect though I´m sure McCain was hoping for another Palin boost... Not only did he not get it, but Biden all but sealed the deal with this election... The national public already knew the other 3 principle players here... last night they got their first real taste of Joe Biden. Your Mariano analogy works better with Biden, waiting in the wings and coming out at the end to shut the opposition down in this election. Palin was more like your kid getting his/her first little league hit.

Because the bar was so low for Palin, she already had this debate won days before it happened and the McCain campaign got taken like P.T. Barnum suckers... They served up a debate guaranteed to be watched... and Biden stepped in and so thoroughly kicked ass even you didn´t appear to notice as distracted as you were by Governer Milf... He avoided the macho bullying thing by attacking McCain relentlessly, intelligently and authoritatively answered the questions asked thus assuring the undecideds that one of these vp candidates was prepared to be president... and even stole the thunder on the struggling middle class thing with his single dad sniffle act... brilliant!!

I have to admit that even I got a bit panicky after the Repub convention and considered the idea of calling Hillary in and buying Biden off with the Secretary of State gig... Oh, how glad I am that Obama didn´t call me for advice then.. Now I see the brilliance of the Biden pick... A cool confident campaign which just last night all but became the Obama Administration. The next debates are an afterthought, as they always are... Thank you Joe Biden (and Sarah Palin for that matter) for last night delivering Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and probably more.

October 03, 2008 9:17 AM  
Anonymous green mamba said...

Palin put in a solid performance, but her inarticulacy really bothers me. We just got through eight years with an inarticulate president, do we need more of that? Shouldn't excellent verbal ability be part of the job description for president and vice-president? In this area, Obama/Biden have the Republican ticket beat by a mile.

October 04, 2008 3:54 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

Palin put in a solid performance, but her inarticulacy really bothers me

Nice use of irony:)

Clearly, she has major limitations. She's not particularly bright - probably an IQ in the 115 - 120 range is my guess. But otherwise she is an amazing figure - she is the political version of Britney Spiers - someone who completely dominates the conversation and no one can quite figure out why.

October 04, 2008 11:39 PM  
Anonymous jimbo said...

Ziel, she turns on Republican males who are attracted to a "dominant" female... We´ve not yet heard any "conversation" from her except the occasional "In what way Charlie?" , etc...

This might help you understand.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/05/opinion/05rich.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

October 05, 2008 5:27 AM  
Anonymous Rexus said...

Upon reading the original post, I was intending to comment on the blog author's infatuation with Palin, only for it to be outdone by Jimbo's incredible paean to Biden.

OK, with Palin, I can at least understand the attraction.

But Biden??? That's just sick. Weirdo!

October 07, 2008 1:13 PM  
Anonymous jimbo said...

Rexus, as opposed to the blog author´s multiple posts on Palin, I dedicated a couple of paragraphs to what I felt was a great and rather unappreciated performance by Biden in that debate. I´m not sure it´s an "incredible paean" and I wasn´t really aware that I was "attracted" to Biden either. The "sick" and "weirdo" stuff isn´t even worth commenting on... Sorry if it prevented you from posting something worthwhile.

October 07, 2008 3:39 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

C'mon, tell me this isn't awesome.

October 07, 2008 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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February 19, 2010 6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to express more your opinion to attract more readers, because just a video or plain text without any personal approach is not that valuable. But it is just form my point of view

February 20, 2010 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't understand the concluding part of your article, could you please explain it more?

February 21, 2010 9:53 AM  

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