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.