[Pic from New York Magazine.]
Take it away, folks!
Final Thoughts? I’m not so sure. Biden was blustery and verbose and competent; Palin didn’t make any major gaffes, but she was still her normal, vague self. I call it a tie.
What say you?
10:32- Biden pulls out the Dwayne Wade thing. Also, HOFSTRA REPRESENT!
10:29- Palin and McCain will fight for America and the middle class. Also, as Reagan said: there is a post-apocalyptic future that awaits us, where men will eat the flesh of other men, and giant cyborg roaches will guzzle the blood of once-free humans. Unless you vote McCain/Palin.
10:25- Palin has never been wrong as governor of Alaska or mayor of Wasila.
10:23- Biden heard me through the screen! I’m made of magic! He murked that shit. MMMMM. GOOD.
10:21- New rule: Mavericks cannot call themselves ‘mavericks’.
10:20- It might be cynical, but Biden’s personal story pwns hers. She shouldn’t have opened this up. This is a good, good move. WHAT? HE TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE AT THE SIDE OF HIS CRITICALLY INJURED SON’S HOSPTIAL BED! HE WENT HOME EVERY NIGHT ON AMTRAK FROM DC TO TUCK HIS KIDS IN!
*Tiger Woods fist pump*
Also, he tears up a bit.
10:18- I want Ifill to rein this explosion of aphasia and self-aggrandizement just a little bit. Thx, MGMT.
10:13- She’s doing surprisingly…okay. Biden hasn’t landed one zinger.
10:12- ‘Her reward is in heaven!’ PALIN IS AGAINST REMUNERATION FOR TEACHERS. She’s playing this question well, I think.
10:09- I’m too annoyed right now.
10:06- To paraphrase Chris Rock, Palin is holding. She’s taken to not answering the questions and linking Biden to McCain. Weird.
10:00- Joe Biden should be a wide receiver. He’s arrogant and refers to himself in the third person. Also, to extend the football metaphor, the time of possession gap has completely flipped.
9:58- Okay. He’s going in now. He brings up the Lugar bill. Good move.
9:56- She’s kinda losing her balance here.
9:55 – Here’s the linking of McCain to Bush, right on time.
9:54- WHOOPS. ‘There have been huge blunders.’ Expect a parry here.
9:50- Biden hits back, and its his best parry: McCain doesn’t get that the Ahmadenijad doesn’t control the military in Iran, McCain wouldn’t sit down for diplomatic talks, even though it’s become the popular position, even with Spain. This is his strong suit.
9:49- Kissinger shared with Palin his passion for diplomacy. True story.
9:39- Foreign policy. This could be a mess. Palin says we have to win Iraq and Obama voted not to fund troops. Biden said that McCain doesn’t have a plan,and voted against funding as well, for an amendment to a bill that had a timeline for withdrawal. He said, gracelessly, that he would end the war. She pauses for about five seconds. She said he’s waving a white flag, and gets in a jab on Biden’s friendship with McCain. Biden points out that McCain had been consistently wrong about Iraq.
9:36- This could be a possible wedge issue: same-sex marriage. Kudos to Biden for being forthright about it, but it could bring a lot of blowback. Palin says she’s tolerant, but doesn’t want to re-define marriage. Biden demurs and says he is not for gay marriage. The cowardice on this issue is embarassing. Argh. Like Akon’s career, America’s opposition to gay marriage will one day prove to be a source of great generational shame.
Also, Palin has gay friends. Whoop-de-damn-doo! (c) Derrick Coleman.
9:30- Okay. Ifill asks Palin about climate change. She basically says that she doesn’t care about the causes. Um. Alrighty then. Also, energy independence. Biden says the cause is man-made, and says McCain has consistently voted against renewable energy sources. He rightly points out that drilling on the OCS will take forever to yield oil.
9:28- She jumps off the economic question to go back to energy.
9:27-Okay. Maybe we spoke too soon. That answer on the much-derided bankruptcy bill was pretty awful.
9:24- She’s doing the time of possession thing, which shouldn’t be working. But it’s working. She’s getting better at pivoting back to those talking points, although that ‘only been at this for five weeks’ line was silly.
9:21- The inevitable “Bridge to Nowhere” shot by Biden. Corny.
9:16- Biden seems to be trying to match her in that department.
9:06- This has been repeated over and over, but she crafts some truly bizarre sentences.