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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Enjoy the Debate!

I’ve decided against live-blogging tonight’s debate, as it is probably best let you watch rather than forcing you to multi-task on such a big night. I will, however, be providing at least one post-debate analysis. My plan is to put up my personal response right after the debate ends (and before the media gets their crack at Sarah), and then another post later analyzing the media’s response (no promises, though).

A few quick thoughts before we get started:

1) I’m personally going to be watching on FoxNews - not necessarily for the right-leaning coverage, but because they had the most coverage of the Gwen Ifill story yesterday. I’ll personally be watching Ms. Ifill very carefully, so I’m interested to hear analysis of her performance in addition to Sarah and Sen. Biden.

2) You may think I’m nuts for saying this, but I think that Gov. Palin’s wardrobe choice will be our first tip to how she will do tonight. Will we see the “Cindy McCain” designer leather jacket from the Couric interview, the “signature Sarah” red powersuit, or something black and formal? If we see the red, I think that’s our first clue that Sarah is liberated and coming out swinging.

3) Both Biden and Palin are masters of the one-liner, and I expect a number of memorable lines tonight. The question is who will get more.

4) My guess is that Biden will try to ignore Sarah and debate John McCain. On the other hand, I’ve read that Sarah is planning to debate Biden directly. Keep close track of who Biden is talking to. If he takes his focus off McCain and starts talking about Sarah, it could mean that she’s getting under his skin. And if she gets under his skin, she wins.

5) While we’re on the subject of Sen. Biden, there are two key traps waiting for him. First, he must always refer to Sarah as “Gov. Palin”. He doesn’t know her, and to address her without her title will be seen as demeaning. Secondly, he has to be very careful about mentioning the fact that his son is deploying to Iraq, as Track Palin is doing the same. Palin, as a mother, will win any arguments about empathizing with her children, and Biden could be in SERIOUS trouble if he dares to bring up Track before Sarah does.

There is probably a lot more that I’m not mentioning, but those are the first things that spring to mind. Enjoy the debate, and I will see you all afterward.

36 comments:

Night Owl said...

Looking forward to your commentary, Adam!

How many of us, when this blog was started, REALLY thought we would get to this moment? :)

I was hopeful, but I'm an eternal pessimist. I am just so thrilled that we made it this far. :)

Mountain Mama said...

Halfway done, and she's doing great!!!!!!!

Black must be the "new red," Adam!
;->

Bentley (aka Hamilton Roberts) said...

Here is a link to a live blog of the debate

http://conservativeforchange.blogspot.com/2008/10/live-coverage-of-vice-presidential.html

huskyonspeed said...

Unfortunately, I can't watch the debate live, and the live stream from Fox froze up. I hope she's doing well, and I hope someone puts the debate on youtube tonight!

Mountain Mama said...

Erin, Wk4Christ, other God-believers! (I can't think of all your names, I'm so concerned!)

PLEASE PRAY!

I feel a "gotcha" question coming on, which Ifill will direct to Gov. Palin first........

Help, Lord!

12thMan said...

Husky my girl's doing more than well, she ain't exactly knocking out of the park but she's keeping Biden at bay.

SP doing an AWESOME job of going to the people, and not the media or Washington types. I just wish she had a better running mate (FT, Romney) but when you're staring at at Obamunist/Uncle Joe admin, you take what you can get.

If the criteria for her losing was that she was unknowledgable and ill-informed, clearly THAT ain't happenin. And, as predicted, Biden's being Biden. Little different when you're not debating paperweights like Lindsey Graham, eh Joe?

Scurvy said...

"Say it ain't so, Joe."
Watching it live now.

I love me some Sarah!

knowitall said...

we are with you, mountain mama. prayers are being said.

DaveF said...

Two big ones. Biden said he would preside over Congress and get things done. I personally do not see that, because of his loyalty to the political machine. Second, Did you catch the answer about his job as Vice President? Obama has asked me to help him govern the country. Why? Because Obama has no knowledge or experience.

12thMan said...

I might take away my comment that she's not hitting it out of the park with more of the Reaganesque references. Dumb@$$ Biden threw his glove at the ball and hit it, auto triple, drives herself in with a double, just as good.

Erin said...

Mama, it's wrapping up now, and I think our girl did a GREAT job tonight! It wasn't without a glitch here and there, but she had some fantastic zingers. She came across well. Her closing comments so far are FANTASTIC! I love that closing line.

Mama, God is good. :)

Mountain Mama said...

YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!

She did a WONDERFUL JOB!

NOT ONE GLITCH I SAW or HEARD!

She blessed their hearts! (Gwen and Joe) What a DEAR!

"Where are my kids?!"
What a good MOM!

Oh, what a RELIEF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now I can think about sleeping and eating again......
whew.......

Mountain Mama said...

Good Lord, Dogmom!

Better a kind wink than a crafty grin to Gwen!!!!!!!! (as Joe did often)

Save the TV!
Save the Brick!
(wink, grin)

Sye TenB said...

A lot of people should be eating crow - she did great!

(I think more Canadians watched this debate than our own leaders debate!)

Cheers,

Sye

Blackbeltmama said...

She killed it! Killed it! I'm so proud of her right now. Sarah Baracuda!!!

msbs05 said...

just watched the debate - go sarah go!!!!! she was fantastic, definately won. Everyone in the Fox debate group (of independents) thought she won!!!! maybe we're back in this race.

redsonya59 said...

Yes, prayers were said for the Gov We Love...and I think they were answered. I think that Gwen Ifill did an OK job, she seemed to be a question-asker, instead of a trap-setter...and, YIKES, I actually came away with a warm feeling watching the two families meeting on the stage afterward. (And that Piper...she went straight to Mama and got right in between her and Uncle Joe--and I think she was looking for the cameras...that little ham!) :-)But time will tell, how long before the werewolves/vampires come back? But hey, y'all--Keep up the prayers for Gov. Palin!!!

12thMan said...

God these non-McCain/Sarah callers on CSPAN are sad. I can hear Mark Levin just slicing them to bits right now. Fact he should get part credit with the Patton speech last night:)

Ol Joe was right after all........to be worried. Predictably the MSM's already making up for him

Hate to keep saying this approximately 400 times, but McCain: GET IT TOGETHER AND LET'S WIN THIS!!!!!!!!!

msbs05 said...

I thought Gwen did seem biased. She almost always let Biden have last word, even if he shouldn't, but quickly started next question so Sarah couldn't respond. She also asked some set up questions, forcing Sarah to agree with Dick Cheney or Bush. On the Cheney question though biden looked silly. The question before when asked what he would do as VP he said Obama tasked him to go to the Senate and work, then said on Cheney question that the VP should only vote for tie and do nothing else in senate. Hope he gets called on that and it shows these two will say anything to get elected. Sarah overcame it all in great fashion though. She was just soooo Sarah!!! Glad people got to see her as she is instead of through media filter.

CalicoDaisy said...

Sarah did great! I'm so relieved for her -- and for me!

CalledOut said...

Sarah did what all winners do...when the chips were down she stepped up and showed what she is made of.Great job!

Compassionate Conservative said...

To God be the Glory!
Thank you, Adam, for your part in giving us this opportunity to get to know this strong, intelligent woman. She is truly exactly what we need in Washington, a real person with no ties to the insiders that put their own interests above our country. Country First! My prayer is that she will have the opportunity to really "clean House!"

Donnygull said...

Had to break it to you she got her rear end handed to her. She didn't answer any of the questions. All she did was use tired talking points. I feel sorry for her, because quit frankly she should be back as mayor in Wasilla.

Scott said...

i think at this point people are smart enough to see through the biased media... it's old. We saw how the majority of americans will see this when they aired the segment on fox with the group of undecideds who got to use the tv dials. They were overwhelmingly in her favor. People got to see with their own eyes, hear with their own ears, unfiltered by the media, who she is tonight.

Scott said...

tell us how you really feel donny

12thMan said...

"Had to break it to you he got his rear end handed to him. he didn't answer any of the questions. All he did was use tired talking points. I feel sorry for him, because quit frankly he should be back as hero of Scranton."

I'm kind of a stickler for accuracy, sorry................



him

msbs05 said...

Well said 12thman!!! Same old INACCURATE talking points. Rove just listed 10 where he lied and had 6 more that could be debated. Like Rudy just said"you'd have to be a real liberal to deny Sarah this win". The focus group made it clear she won regardless what liberal media is saying (most libs I've seen are only willing to say tie). if Sarah had made as many mistakes (or lies) as Biden they would be all over her and saying she was wrong because she was rattled. She was great and that is just a fact. 86% on text vote said Sarah won, not scientific but clear.

C Doyal said...

My dad always told me that the definition of "tact" was the ability to tell someone where to go without them realizing what you said until after you'd left the room! Go Sarah Go!

Scott said...

i don't know if anyone else just got this email.


Dear Supporter,

In the weeks since I joined John McCain as his running mate, the Obama-Biden Democrats have used their allies in the liberal media to paint us negatively, all in an attempt to sway undecided voters. Tonight's debate gave me the opportunity to bypass the biased media filter and communicate our shared values of reform directly to the voters.

I know millions were watching as I went toe-to-toe against Senator Biden to explain our plans. Reform Republicans will strengthen the economy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and secure our nation from the threat of Islamic extremism.

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The Democratic Secretary of State in Ohio even tried to disqualify thousands of Republican absentee ballot applications. She enlisted the help of liberal partisan friends and special interest groups when we challenged this in court. Thankfully, we were successful in taking the case all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court and won the right to reinstate these absentee ballot applications. The Obama-Biden Democrats will likely try this shameful, partisan tactic in other targeted states. They'll do anything to win this election.

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Sincerely,
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msbs05 said...

Dick Morris just said he had not seen a politician that could speak so well since Reagan and that Biden seemed to be on downers. He's a Dem that said Obama won pres debate so that speaks volumes. I'm so pleased for Sarah.

CGilda said...

Palin put a lock on Biden the old moose and Obama the golden goose. They're discovering how hard it is to run while looking over one's shoulder. Keep after them, Sarah!

Mountain Mama said...

Man, those liberals NEVER admit it when they lose. The best they'll give Sarah tonight is, "They both won in different ways."

Ri-ight....

Again, although Biden won on technical debate points, the liberals very well know that Americans favor as "winners" those candidates who relate to them----and THAT person tonight was SARAH PALIN!

(But the liberals will never ever admit it.......Poor losers!)

laurence said...

I have to say that the debate was interesting. I was on the fence as an undecided until tonight. Now I know who to vote for. Obama / Biden 08

Jill said...

"Better a kind wink than a crafty grin to Gwen!!!!!!!! (as Joe did often)"

You beat me to the response, mountain mama. That was my first thought when I read that comment about Sarah's wink! The crafty insider's grin made its appearance a few times, and I made note of it and felt the arrogance of it coming from otherwise good old Joe. ;) wink

The decision Sarah made to address us as a nation more than she talked to (or smiled at) Gwen or sparred with Joe was the decision of a communicator with the good of the people in her heart.

I loved that she didn't answer the ridiculous question about her achille's heel. In my own life, after answering that question rather untruthfully in the form of "What is your weakness?" at several job interviews, I finally told one team of interviewers that if I had any weaknesses in the performance of my job that they were the last people I would blab it to. They laughed and went on. Everyone answering that question makes their weakness out as a strength, and many interviewers are not including it any longer. Ignoring it is another good policy.

I loved it all. Biden had his moments; good and personal flashes of contact with us as active listeners, but his Washington sheen was showing, and it proved inferior to the splendor of an honest Alaskan.

orthodoxpearlgirl said...

Wow! Sarah was radiant tonight!
And, she looked great, too! ;)

Thank you, Sarah! You are serving us well!

redsonya59 said...

"Laurence" said...
I have to say that the debate was interesting. I was on the fence as an undecided until tonight. Now I know who to vote for. Obama / Biden 08

(Yawn) Uh-huh. Undecided. Yeah. Now, run along, Laurence, and lurk somewhere else.