Sarah Palin Thursday night at debate's end? Dada thinks not.
I've been reading up on Thursday night's VP debate. For those of us expecting to see a battered, bludgeoned, bleeding Palin at the end, I feel implored to remind:
Americans are a compassionate people. Their sympathies often go out to the little "guy," the underdog, the ill-equipped, the under-prepared. Knowledge is not always something championed in American culture. Ignorance often is.
Sorry, I'm returning to the past, to the 2000 debates between Gore and Bush with, always, the media's post-debate assessments of Gore as the stiff who always came out 2nd to Bush because Bush "didn't fuck up as bad as everyone was expecting." It would be wise for all of us to remember that.
Also, expecting a stage flowing red with Palin's blood by the end of the evening, it's well to remind everyone Biden is being primed to be respectful at all times of the political neophyte; addressing her always as "Gov. Palin," and when she says something totally naive or stupid, which she seems likely she'll do, Biden is being coached to respond, "I'm not sure I understand what the good governor means."
And being thus prepared, we can chew on the experience of Andrew Halcro, who once debated Palin for governor of Alaska (and lost), to wit:
Sarah Palin brought something more effective than facts and figures to an agriculture debate in the Alaska governor's race. She packed an engaging disposition.
One of her opponents, Andrew Halcro, had memorized the complexities of the subject beforehand. He was super prepared. He might as well have stared out the window during the proceedings, for all it mattered.
"She did such a great job with just the glittering generalities and filling the room with her presence that people didn't care what she said about agriculture," Halcro says now. "Palin's a master at spending 45 seconds telling you what color the sky is," he adds, "and people will say, 'That's the greatest thing I ever heard.' "
So, thus prepared, while far less experienced than her opponent or her running mate McCain, Palin may at evening's end, have the media singing praises so reminiscent of the the 2000 Gore - Bush debates. "She didn't fuck up as bad as we expected."
Chew on that.