That debate was just miserable. The only person who had a worse time than those watching it was whoever was forced to transcribe it.
Palin started strong but it’s clear that her only strength is that folksy, “gosh, y’all” shtick. And while it’s charming at first, it gets really old, really fast.
Moderator Gwen Ifill seemed hamstrung by the format. It looked like all questions had to be asked of both candidates so there wasn’t much room to dig deep.This increased the boring factor by a bazillion.
A few blogs have pointed out some glaring errors such as Palin getting the name of the Army Commander in Afghanistan wrong. My favorite bit was when Biden called Bosnians “Bosniaks.” (Only a CNN anchor during the first Gulf War calling the residents of Bagad, “Bagdaddies” is goofier.) CORRECTION: As reader R points out, Bosniaks is the correct term. Last time I try to correct Joe Biden on international terminology.
I’d have given the win for the debate to Palin until the end where Biden got choked up when discussing his family’s past hardships. Since these debate are clearly not about substance, that emotional high-point made Palin’s robotic, plastic folksiness seem like an animatronic Country Bear Jamboree.
I’m so glad it’s over and that there won’t be another one.
– SteveStumble it!