i saw sarah palin answer the initial questions well ... as we all thought she probably would. she was prepped, she was groomed, she was fed buzzwords and catch phrases. (seriously ... "maverick" should be a drinking game.) she actually had a point i agreed with strongly and felt she answered better than biden - on where the blame should lay for the mortgage crisis. wall street is one thing, predatory lending practices are one thing, but homeowners falling for the "you can have it all and you can have it now" and not using common sense is, i agree, a huge part of the problem. we need to hold ourselves accountable as much as wall street and washington dc.
however ... you knew this was coming ...
she couldn't answer follow-up questions. when things went off script and off topic, she flailed and drifted. "i may not answer your question"? "i've only been at this for five weeks"? the point of a debate is to DEBATE. not make your own little stump on the side. and the achilles heel question? she didn't even answer it! not even remotely!! in fact, she answered the opposite of what the question was asking. oy.
but that wasn't where she lost me completely. i expected her to gasp for the ability to stick to a point. where she lost me was here: the giggles and winks and folksy-cutesy talk. why why WHY can't she just make a valid point and then let it lie? why does she have to negate everything she just said by winking and using some northwoods colloquialism? any respect for her i may have surpisingly felt after the economic answer was immediately stripped away. can you imagine if hillary or madeleine albright or margaret thatcher or even condoleeza rice finished up a topic point with a wink? please! you canNOT be a heartbeat away (and a 72-year-old, four-time cancer stricken heartbeat at that) from the presidency and think you can win over people with a wink, a shoulder shrug, and a "i'm a maverick!" that would NOT fly anywhere. she wouldn't have the respect of a single leader. charm only works so far ... then you have to have something to back it up with.
another area where she could have made points but instead lost them was when joe biden got choked up. it was so unexpected - i think it surprised even him - that at mentioning that he DOES understand what a woman goes through because he's been a single dad wondering if his child would make it, he teared up for a moment. and palin, not just as a mother, but as a mother of a special needs child and a child shipping off to iraq, should have immediately been an empathetic person. but instead, she floundered and then spiralled onto energy. real emotion wasn't on her test cards and she had no idea what to do with it and proved she cannot think empathetically on her feet.
and lastly, did anyone else catch these phrases come out of her mouth?
"And that is democracy and tolerance and freedom and equal rights. Those things that we stand for that can be put to good use as a force for good in this world."
"And, again, voters on November 4th are going to have that choice to either support a ticket that supports policies that create jobs. You do that by lowering taxes on American workers and on our businesses. And you build up infrastructure, and you rein in government spending, and you make our -- our nation energy independent."
yeah ... those would be OBAMA's platforms, and direct contridiction of mccain's platforms - and palin's own personal testimony to the fact that she does NOT, in fact, support equal rights across the board. interesting.