Friday, October 3, 2008
"Six Pack" Palin and THE DEBATE
Palin had a pretty good performance in her debate with Biden. But the operative word is "performance." When pressed, she answered very few questions with any sense of depth. It was obvious that she memorized answers to preconceived questions and that was going to be the answer, even it was not really the question. So if the term "Iraq" came up, this is what you should say, even if the response did not address the actual question. If the question is about the economy, this is what you say, regardless of the actual content of the question. She did this well, but it was obvious she lacked any depth of knowledge.
Palin's comment about having a "Joe Six Pack" in the White House bothers me. Aside from being a good role model for our youth, I do not really like the implication. Does she plan on solving problems over a beer? While many issues may have been solved this way regarding personal issues, I do not think it will work with foreign diplomats. It was also clear that she memorized a few names of foreign leaders because she said them so many times. I really hoped that questions would have been asked about Chavez, Brown, Rudd, Hue Jintao,or Velez and I am sure she would have said, "Huh?" While Palin was folksy she did not exude a sense of confidence. Her answer about how she would govern should McCain die was not at all encouraging. He put down about Biden's age, 65 was kind of interesting as Mccain is seven years older than Biden.
Biden obviously has depth of knowledge. Yes, he has been around a while and he should know what is going on and who the players are in the international scene. There were times when he sounded like a president. If something were to happen to Obama, I think Biden was convincing that he would know what to do. Palin would be a loose cannon if McCain's health failed.
Bottom line, while Palin would be fun to have over to your house for dinner, I do not believe that dinner should be served at the White House.