Scathing Review of Palin’s VP Performance

Nielsen: Biden Scores Big On Iraq, Palin’s “White Flag Of Surrender” Tanks

If Sarah Palin had kept up with current events here and abroad; she wouldn’t be in such a difficult position trying to play catch up-when it comes to domestic and foreign policy. These large, very obvious gaps in her knowledge are crystal clear, as millions of viewers have seen, in interviews and painfully noticeable at the debate last night. Mike and John at Politico-are not at a loss for words about Palin’s performance at the debate.

She got out alive, though there were white-knuckle moments along the way: questions that were answered with painfully obvious talking points that betrayed scant knowledge of the issue at hand, and sometimes little relevance to the question that had been asked.

But recent days have given John McCain’s team little reason to suppose that not-that-bad is good enough. The Republican ticket’s sliding polls and narrowing electoral map gave it a different imperative in her showdown against Joe Biden. That was to alter the trajectory of the race in a way reminiscent of how Palin first enlivened Republicans-it seems long ago now-when she joined the ticket in late August.

There were so many times throughout the night when she was clearly out of her depth. Palin kept backsliding into the main talking point of drilling Alaska and offshore.

To the contrary, it is hard to count any objective measures by which Biden did not clearly win the encounter. She looked like she was trying to get people to take her seriously. He looked like he was running for vice president. His answers were more responsive to the questions, far more detailed and less rhetorical.

On at least ten occasions, Palin gave answers that were nonspecific, completely generic, pivoted away from the question at hand, or simply ignored it: on global warming, an Iraq exit strategy, Iran and Pakistan, Iranian diplomacy, Israel-Palestine (and a follow-up), the nuclear trigger, interventionism, Cheney’s vice presidency and her own greatest weakness.

Asked which is a greater threat, a nuclear Pakistan or a nuclear Iran, Palin seemed to be stalling, or writing a term paper, when she said: “An armed, nuclear armed especially Iran is so extremely dangerous to consider.”

Biden was crisper, with a dose of realism: “Iran getting a nuclear weapon would be very, very destabilizing. They are more than – they are not close to getting a nuclear weapon that’s able to be deployed.”

The point I was glad that Biden mentioned 12 times-was George Bush. We will have another 4 years of the same failed administration with the McCain-Palin ticket. Can America really afford more of the same-Biden relentlessly slammed that point home throughout the debate.

By contrast, Palin was in much more of a survival mode, barely delivering on her advisers’ hopes that she would be aggressive with Biden, throwing gaffes and policies back at him. For the Alaska governor, it was policy as a second language – adequate, but not enlightening.

She twice referred to the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, as “McClellan.” Biden did not correct her.

The Obama campaign got a good laugh out of her answer about when nuclear weapons should be put into play: “Nuclear weaponry, of course, would be the be-all, end-all of just too many people in too many parts of our planet, so those dangerous regimes, again, cannot be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, period.”

The “be-all, end-all” is already a punch line around Washington.

I found her mockery and cutesy act over the top. The blowing a kiss to the audience before the debate-not only made me cringe but-it is so unprofessional for a person seeking the second highest office in the land. It offends me when women resort to tactics like that instead of using their brains and abilities. The joe six-pack image is not something I want to even envision when a Vice-President is sent on a diplomacy mission for our country. It has no place in politics and distracts from the core issues at hand. I found no humor in it. She proved to me that she really doesn’t take this very seriously. This country can not afford to have someone not only with her attitude but her complete lack of knowledge representing the US abroad. We all thought George Bush was an embarrassment, she makes him look good.

For the rest of the review at Politico.

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15 thoughts on “Scathing Review of Palin’s VP Performance

  1. Lemme tell ya what would totally piss off the American people, something which the masses do not know.

    When Palin and McCain talk about the wonders of the surge, they never mention that good old American dollars were used to PAY OFF people so they would not fight.

    Our tax dollars are going to keep Iraqi’s from killing not just each other, but American soldiers. Our tax dollars going into their reconstruction while we are in economic meltdown.

    I can only imagine how politically indelicate it would be for Biden or Obama to mention such things to slap the shit out of McPalin on their Surge is working crap. It worked (based upon your definition of worked; the political reconcilliation which was supposedly the primary [albeit oft changed] reason) for many reasons, and one is that we paid them off.

    How about spending billions in US cashola to create the myth of success.

  2. I read some of the comments at Politico. Still a few reality-deniers claiming Palin won the debate. Same ol’ same ‘ol. Yay team. Party before country.

    The “white flag of surrender” shit made me ANGRY!


    Our fukcing president sent soldiers into an action he was willing to lie to initiate, yet didn’t see fit to equip them properly. So I donate to Operation Helmet, even tho I oppse the invasion, because I don’t want to see the poor schmucks ordered to go there die or get a TBI from a loose-fitting helmet. But I don’t support the troops and am a surrender monkey. Ask your a$$hat Rethug war-boosters if they gave to Operation Helmet.

    Sigh. I guess that old crap doesn’t really play anymore, but it still makes my blood boil.

    And Sarah Palin is still a stoopid looney. In my expert opinion.

  3. seraph127 is an expert on looneys.
    Just making a note here for future reference!

    tribute -A payment in money or other valuables made by one ruler or nation to another in acknowledgment of submission or as the price of protection or security.

    MsJ, I was always told that paying “tribute” to people to not fight against you was the most cowardly form of appeasement.
    Didn’t Bush make a big speech recently, from, maybe, Israel, in opposition to appeasement?

  4. Good Morning HoR 🙂 George Bush did make a speech about exactly that and worse yet you are right he did it in Israel. The media gave him a pounding for that one and he deserved it.

  5. MsJ, I wish they could call McCain on that issue.. We have lost too many soldiers over there, in their unholy quest for more oil. It breaks my heart for all the Iraqi families also that have been shattered. Bush and McCain policies have wiped out 5% of their population for no good reason..

    They are true evil… The rest of the country needs to wake up to that reality….

  6. “Say it ain’t so, Joe. There you go again, pointing backwards again. Now, doggone it, let’s look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future.”

    I think the “Say it ain’t so, Joe” was supposed to be the knockout sound bite, her version of “Where’s the beef?” I’m sure it was extensively rehearsed. But her timing was bad and her delivery floated like a lead balloon, so she flustered on into the “doggone it” business and cemented her place in history as a loser.

    Her folksy act has worn out its welcome. Maybe if it hadn’t been prefaced by eight years of the folksy cowboy, it might have worked and we’d be looking forward to Sarah’s finger on the nukyular button. In that sense, we can be grateful to Dubya.

  7. Ms. Joanne:

    Yes! Why isn’t that ever brought up, by the Dems or the media? Dems are accused of being naive for just being willing to talk with baddies, but our policy in Iraq is to pay Sunni insurgents not to attack U.S. troops. Why isn’t that “giving in to terrorists”?

    And that’s not the only reason for the decline in violence coincident with the surge. At least in Baghdad, it’s because the ethnic cleansing of neighborhoods had been pretty much completed:

  8. Under a McCain/Palin administration we’d be looking back fondly at a Bush/Cheney administration.

    While Palin again proved herself to be the kind of woman I’d like to bitch slap, Joe Biden showed that he’s the kind of guy anybody would like to spend time with. He is the kind of guy you’d like to have to dinner or have a beer with. It always amazes me that the newsies think Bush and Palin are the people we all relate to.

  9. “It always amazes me that the newsies think Bush and Palin are the people we all relate to.”

    That’s because the newsies report on their “act” rather than on their reality. They become willing accomplices in the playacting put on by the politicians.

    It would be like a news report that Heath Ledger was a crazed anarchist lunatic, and the evidence for that report would be a series of clips from Batman. They don’t distinguish between the act and the reality. Well, Ledger might have been a nut – I didn’t know him personally – but you certainly can’t make that judgment solely on the basis of his act.

    Dubya and Palin put on this pandering populist act that they are “just like us”. It’s condescending and insulting, and frankly does not reflect the mentality of any of the “real people” that I know. It’s a caricature. Sadly, this game that has worked too well for too long.

    Both Biden and Obama give off a natural impression that they are decent and thoughtful people. Dubya and Palin fabricate a persona, and not a very flattering one, to cover up the shallowness and bile lurking beneath.

  10. From Hilary Rosen:

    Joe Biden is free to criticize Gov. Palin just like any other opponent. And pundits from now on are free again to simply give our views with worrying about her fragility.

    So here goes. Palin’s answers in this debate vacillated between disappointing and incoherent. On the most pressing issue facing Americans this week — the economy — she had surprisingly little to offer. She repeated the McCain tax cut plan and health care plan.

    But since their tax cuts mostly go to the wealthy and their health insurance proposals offer little more than a potentially useless tax credit, that just wasn’t enough. And when moderator Gwen Ifill asked about consumers who face debt or difficulties with their mortgages, she actually asked to change the subject and went back to another answer on energy exploration which had been fully covered minutes before.

    On Iraq, she was just incoherent. She said something about the surge and Obama and fighting. But it didn’t answer the question, which was: What is the right plan for Iraq?

    Oh, the “pitbull” is back. And she and John McCain are still wrong for the country.

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