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In case you missed it:
My liveblog of the debate can be read here.
Here’s the debate transcript.
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Gov. Palin had five weeks to prepare for a national debate with Sen. Biden who spent thirty-five years in preparation. Preliminary indications indicate this debate drew a larger audience than the Obama- McCain. While political junkies watch all debates, a larger audience for the VP slot suggests ordinary people were drawn to this contest. Perhaps a silent majority found a voice in one of the candidates that is absent from the presidential candidates. The newcomers witnessed a test of judgment and experience, judgment looking to the future and experience drawing from the past.
The Governor approached this task as an executive who must rely upon existing information to make the current decisions that will produce future results. Executives understand the past contributes to present problems, but there is little to gain by dwelling on previous poor choices when prompt action is necessary. The blame game is best left to a congress where no one individual is called to account for the actions of the whole body.
The Senator used skills of legal training to enter the debate and used the advantage of hindsight to indicate where he was right while others were wrong. Since the congress did not follow his direction he was free to criticize those who took the action approved by that body. Hindsight doesn’t guarantee any untested alternative would have produced better results, but it can score debating points.
Ordinary people understand congress is disproportionately populated by lawyers who are skilled in debate. Legal debate often begins after an action has been completed and it is time to assign blame. Lobbies and lawyers present their client’s interests in positive terms. They are trained to use legal procedures to prevent the release of critical information and have learned to divert attention from significant issues by attacking those who offer opposing facts.
To her credit, Gov. Palin is not a lawyer. She’s not troubled by the meaning of the word “is” and knows the difference between the truth and legally accurate without volunteering information. She wants to do the right thing even if there is no controlling legal authority. She may be the reason so many watched the debate last night.
GOVERNOR PALIN is ‘real’, and Americans could feel it and connect with it. Palin is running for V.P … but, let’s take a look at the qualifications, judgement, and experience of Obama, who is running for President. Obama had 25 years to fulfill the potential he displayed as a rising start at Harvard Law School … and, how did he live up to that potential? He chose to align himself with anti-American racist, Jeremiah Wright for TWENTY YEARS … along with Ferrahkan, Rezko, Ayers, and others. As a community organizer, he registered thousands of voters in Chicago … then, when he ran for the state legislature, he took away their votes, by disqualifying his opponent (a black woman) on a technicality. As a U.S. Senator, he voted present 160 times … he never called a meeting on the Afghanistan committee he chaired (although he NOW says we must shift all our military from Iraq to Afghanistan). He claimed Foreign Policy experience from a 9 day whirlwind photo op to 6 countries. And, he spent almost half of his tenure neglecting his responsibilities as a U.S. Senator, so he could run for President. Senator McCain served America honorably for 22 years in the military. He proved his love for America, as well as his honor, integrity and character, by refusing early release as a P.O.W., even while being tortured. He served America as a ‘contributing’ U.S. Senator, working across the aisle, for 20 years. Governor Palin will learn the details of the current national and international issues … but, what Obama never learned is Character. He can’t be trusted … ask Jeremiah Wright, a friend of 20 years, who Obama betrayed for personl ambition. The American people can recognize ‘real’ character and integrity in McCain and Palin, and that’s why she won the debate by 87% on the FOX text messaging poll.
And did you see how adorable she was holding that little baby, after the debate! It just warmed me. When Obama holds babies, it just doesn’t seem like he sincerely likes them. Is it just me or has anyone else seen it? And Joe 6-pack, he’s just a cold shell of a man. Pardon me for speaking my mind, but I think he was faking those tears. Actors are good at that.
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