Biden in His Element While Palin Seeks to Redeem Herself

Posted: October 3, 2008 in Uncategorized

After watching the Vice Presidential debate tonight, I think its fair to say that Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has lived to fight another day. All she had to do this evening was not come off as a Saturday Night Live skit and she would have been successful, a task she accomplished to the great satisfaction of her supporters who undoubtedly are breathing a sigh of relief.

That said, Senator Joe Biden was in his element and it is easy to see way Barack Obama tapped him as his VP, the man is a master of foreign policy. His fluency with the issues had to be reassuring to many independents and perhaps a growing number of Republicans who are not convinced that Sarah Palin is ready to be President of the United States should something happen to McCain. Biden was dominant and very rarely had to consult his notes, whereas Palin seemed overly scripted and evasive. She didn’t seem at all confident to me, and it was quite obvious that she was merely regurgitating a bunch a talking points crammed into her head during the course of the week.

The woman is way over her head and out of her league. I came away from the debate liking Biden a little bit more than I did before, maybe because he did such a great job at joining Bush and McCain at the hip and underscoring their insanity in taking us into this war. He also did a fine job of highlighting the failure of McCain’s economic plan to do anything for the middle class while offering massive tax breaks to the rich.

I will be honest here, I was kinda hoping Sarah Palin would give us some good SNL stuff tonight, but to her credit she didn’t bomb after coming under enormous pressure to do well. This performance really was a “make or break” for her, and she managed to emerge from it respectfully. However she never was any match for Biden, who was absolutely superb in this debate.

Comments
  1. Kwame Madden says:

    Biden defintenly took Gov.Palin to school.Her lack of expierence and unfamiliarity with the issues at hand were defintenly appearent.The Republicians are going have to come up went some sort of strategy as their canditates take a deeper dive in polls.Unfortunely both camps are for bailingout the banking industry and these WallSt.criminals at the expense of us.Whoever gets elected we better realize that that these are no progressives we are putting in office.Finance capital will make sure that they determine the descion making policies of whoever gets elected and these canditates wont upset them at all.

  2. Sister Seeking says:

    Salaam’Alaikum,

    I “feel” that Palin did a very poor job debating Biden. If her goal was to win over people like me ( independents) she did a piss-poor job. ( Excuse my french) As a stickler for details, I did not hear any detailed oriented strategy for: resolving the health care crisis; managing the public school system; ending the war responsibly; reviving our economy, and saving the middle class; protecting our earth; and enforcing the family medical leave act. The inability to deliver a thorough, conscious, and short answer covering these issues: is the inability, and failure to engage in a civil debate. Peaceable rhetoric, feel good psycho babble, and semantics won’t do it for any politician these days. People need to get real, and get on it.

    I’m extremely concerned about some one with her belief system being in the office. I was disturbed by her response to global warming: what I herd in her cunning, and manipulative answer was that G-d is the cause of global warming. That’s disturbing on many levels.

    I also am fearful of her trigger happy war mongering mentality. Her response about Iran, and the middle east basically revealed what every one already knows about some in the republican party who believe that in order to bring Christ back again they must return the Jews to Israel by any means necessary. I’ve had enough of religion being projected into our policy and legislation. Being a Muslim who used to function in the IMM community beat that theocratic mentality out of me. Based on the total rain way many of our masjids operate I have no desire to be ruled by any government of any religion anywhere on this earth. Extremism is abnormal, it’s a pathology that is dangerous. It shows up in all religions, and ideologies.

    I’m voting for Obama/Biden becuase they are not detached from reality basing their voting, policy, and legislation on myths, legends, religious prophecies, and visions. I’m voting for Obama/Biden becuase they are not asking me to kill myself in order to be American or have the American dream. Anyone, anything, or anyplace that positions you to be unable to care for yourself, manage your life, give up your worth, and dignity is asking you to kill yourself. It puts the masses in a depression so that they are easily enslaved and manipulated by an elect. I’m not trying to go there. Fascism is dangerous. I’m a pro-home-schooler, and agree with less government regulation: we half to come to point where the government can aide with out taking over. I’m concerned about Democrats not protecting homeschooling and parental rights. But, I feel I half to choose between two of the lesser evils.

    I believe that asking me to vote for McCain/Palin is asking me to kill myself:

    If you are uninsured its only a matter of time before you die–you can not take care of yourself and loved ones if you are sick–that’s asking me to kill myself

    If you are unemployed its only a matter of time before you die–you can not take care of yourself and loved ones if you have no income to feed, clothe, and house them–that’s asking me to kill myself

    If your nation is trigger happy and refused to give peace a chance its only a matter of time before you are either maimed or murdered in a war–that’s asking me to kill myself

    While, I don’t believe in public school, I understand alternative educational methods aren’t available to all. Running our children like a cog on wheel through a prison producing institution is definitely asking me to kill myself and my children–deprived of liberty you are dead–deprived of the ability to think you are dead–being illiterate you are dead.

    Wake up America! Save your self and your family: Vote for freedom vote for life

  3. Kwame Madden says:

    Black agenda report has a real good article concerning the coming financial crisis .After reading that article I wish I would have not posted anything..

  4. Kwame Madden says:

    I just got finshing reading some articles on the Left business observer I like to point my Obama freinds to the article would like change with that.Also do you Henry Paulson has over 525million invested in stocks and bonds.Let not forget he comes from WallSt. he known for speculative dealings.Also Mcain has been silent for years when it came Federal government oversight of WallSt. and its robber barrons.He claims he is a independent and maverick I guess when it come to enhhancing his own coffers and working on behalf of financial ruling elite who is backing this bozo.Bottom line were heading for some turbulent times.May Allah protect us all and gives us the strength and sakina of the early generation of muslims.

  5. VinceP1974 says:

    Kwame:

    McCain was a CoSponser of S. 190 [109th]: Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s109-190

    This was McCain’s floor speech”

    Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae’s regulator reported that the company’s quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were “illusions deliberately and systematically created” by the company’s senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal.

    The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives. In the case of Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae’s former chief executive officer, OFHEO’s report shows that over half of Mr. Raines’ compensation for the 6 years through 2003 was directly tied to meeting earnings targets. The report of financial misconduct at Fannie Mae echoes the deeply troubling $5 billion profit restatement at Freddie Mac.

    The OFHEO report also states that Fannie Mae used its political power to lobby Congress in an effort to interfere with the regulator’s examination of the company’s accounting problems. This report comes some weeks after Freddie Mac paid a record $3.8 million fine in a settlement with the Federal Election Commission and restated lobbying disclosure reports from 2004 to 2005. These are entities that have demonstrated over and over again that they are deeply in need of reform.

    For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac–known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs–and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay.

    Quick Info
    S. 190 [109th]: Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005
    Last Action: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
    Status: DeadI join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.

    I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation.

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