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About Last Night…Part 1

“Can I call you Joe?” Priceless.

Alright, on to the real stuff. Going to take this question by question, as this was probably the most important debate of all of them:

As America watches these things happen on Capitol Hill, was this(referencing the week’s drama in Congress over the bailout) the worst of Washington or the best of Washington that we saw play out?

Biden said it represented “neither the best or worst of Washington, but it’s evidence of the fact that the economic policies of the last eight years have been the worst economic policies we’ve ever had.” Um…policies that everyone voted on, including yourself…yes? And isn’t the President responsible for oversight of his department secretaries? Don’t they answer to him? So, you’re going to create another agency (read: expand the government!) to do the President’s job for him? Um…no.

At this point, Palin didn’t say a whole lot. The soccer game analogy worked for her, but then she went to the “McCain is a reformer” script. That’s where she needed to be, but her response paled in comparison to Biden’s.

Score: Biden 1, Palin .5 (by virtue of the fact that she successfully stuck to the script).

How, as vice president, would you work to shrink this gap of polarization which has sprung up in Washington, which you both have spoken about here tonight?

Biden says he’s reached across the aisle his whole career…and then swings back to attack McCain. Huh?

Palin defends McCain, touts her record of reform, and then swings to attack Obama. Huh?

Score: Biden 1, Palin .5 (didn’t answer the question, guys…)

(Referencing subprime lending)Who do you think was at fault? Was it the greedy lenders? Was it the risky home-buyers who shouldn’t have been buying a home in the first place? And what should you be doing about it?

Palin: “Darn right it was the predator lenders, who tried to talk Americans into thinking that it was smart to buy a $300,000 house if we could only afford a $100,000 house.” Darn right, indeed. Plug for government oversight from the people, and for personal responsibility. Very good.

Biden goes on the attack again McCain, and swings the discussion to health care via deregulation, and ends on a call for tax relief. Nothing about subprime lending.

Palin attacks both Obama AND Biden on their votes to raise taxes. Biden parries and says McCain did the same thing. He also says that Palin didn’t answer his question about deregulation, or defend McCain on same (even though that wasn’t the topic of discussion at this point). Which lead to this from Palin:

And I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I’m going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also.

Score: Biden 1, Palin 1.5. Never got an answer from Biden on the subprime mortgage question. I gave Palin half a point for staying on topic and adjusting/responding to Biden’s attacks. And another half point for the verbal smack down.

Sen. Biden, we want to talk about taxes, let’s talk about taxes. You proposed raising taxes on people who earn over $250,000 a year. The question for you is, why is that not class warfare and the same question for you, Gov. Palin, is you have proposed a tax employer health benefits which some studies say would actually throw five million more people onto the roles of the uninsured. I want to know why that isn’t taking things out on the poor, starting with you, Sen. Biden.

Biden says it’s “simple fairness.” Um…not sure how, but okay. Palin calls it “redistribution” (which is accurate), says it’s “not patriotic” and tells how the Obama tax plan will hit small business owners.

A brief discussion on health care plans ensues. WAY too many numbers for me to keep up with (looking at the transcript now, I still can’t do the math!).

Score: Biden 1, Palin 1.5. My brain’s spinning too much to award points. Biden threw in a line about the “Bridge to Nowhere” that wasn’t cute OR funny.

More to come tomorrow (or later tonight).




Written by Coby Dillard

October 3, 2008 at 10:42 am

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  1. Cobb on Rural Free Delivery…

    After yesterday predicting that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would implode in the vice presidential debate, the moderate-conservative Republican blogger is pleased with her performance last night: “Sarah Palin delivered. Delivered as in RFD, as in May….

    Booker Rising

    October 4, 2008 at 2:06 pm

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