Bill Maher: VP Debate, Palin, McCain & Bailout

Bill Maher weighs in on the Vice-Presidential Debate, Sarah Palin, John McCain and the Bailout.  He talks about the Vice-President shouldn’t sound like she is hosting “Romper Room.” Maher makes fun of all the winking Palin did during the debate-calls it “very corny.” Bill Maher had a funny line on Real Time: “The good news is that Sarah Palin can complete a sentence-the bad news is that we have to listen to it.”

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.

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Joe Biden Wins VP Debate

CBS: Biden won 2-1

Biden gave the far superior debate performance by any objective standard.   He focused largely on McCain, not Palin, and by doing so showed respect.  Biden also put critical focus on the fact that John McCain voted and supported George Bush policies.  Policies that showed his judgement has been wrong on every major issue over the last eight years.  When the discussion moved to foreign policy, at any rate, her relentless strategy of talking only about tax cuts and energy policy, peppering her lines with plenty of Joe six-pack humor, which did not go over well with the independents.  From the Iraq section onwards, she sometimes seemed to be clinging on by her fingertips.

During the course of the debate, CNN was running a viewer response line for uncommitted voters in Ohio. Overall the numbers reflected a very strong performance for Biden. And while Palin scored well, at times, among this crowd, the dial lines indicated that she remains a controversial figure among females in that state.

Biden repeatedly won high accolades on a wide range of topics. His remarks about the personal trials of having a wife and daughter die in a car accident sent responses from both male and females through the roof. His dig at Dick Cheney — “the most dangerous Vice President in history” — and his pledge to end the war in Iraq were similarly popular. When he defended Obama from Palin’s attacks, he was held in equally high regard. Much of the time, dial responses sunk when Palin began speaking.

When Palin defended John McCain and the surge it generated a flat response.  Only one person in the focus group said they were going to support a McCain-Palin ticket after the debate.  More than six decided to vote for the Obama-Biden ticket after the debate, they clearly saw that John McCain is no “Maverick”.  There are also numbers from a CBS poll done tonight that show they were impressed with Biden and his extensive knowledge of the Middle East. 

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Palin Has Lost Her Appeal!

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The voters are waking up to the reality that is Sarah Palin. Latest polls show that her shine has worn off. With the Vice-Presidential debates set for tonight, America gets to see her once more in action. There will be no teleprompter to help her through the rough patches.

As the Washington Post has noted “Palin may now be a drag on the Republican ticket among key voter groups.”

“Six in 10 voters see her as lacking the experience to be an effective president, and a third are now less likely to vote for (Republican presidential hopeful John) McCain because of her,” the daily said.

While voters rated Palin as highly as they did McCain or his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, in the immediate aftermath of her entry into the race, her support has slid dramatically, the survey said.

“The 60 per cent who now see Palin as insufficiently experienced to step into the presidency is steeply higher than in a Post-ABC poll after her nomination early last month. Democrats and Republicans alike are now more apt to doubt her qualifications, but the biggest shift has come among independents,” the survey added.

Her approval rating in Alaska has dropped significantly in the last three weeks. Palin enjoyed an unprecedented 82 percent which has now plummeted to 68 percent.

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McCain Gets Foreign Policy Advice From Sarah Palin – OMG

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I swear this is exactly what McCain said this morning to NPR. I had to read it twice to make sure something wasn’t wrong with my contacts. This is starting to sound like a satire piece already. I realize McCain is trying desperately to pump up Sarah Palin to the general public, but please, I can only stomach so much BS in one day. I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry when I read that statement. Here is what McCain had to say to NPR today

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Given what you’ve said, senator, is there an occasion where you could imagine turning to Gov. Palin for advice in a foreign policy crisis?

I’ve turned to her advice many times in the past. I can’t imagine turning to Sen. Obama or Sen. Biden, because they’ve been wrong. They were wrong about Iraq, they were wrong about Russia. Sen. Biden wanted to divide Iraq into three different countries. He voted against the first Gulf War. Sen. Obama has no experience whatsoever and has been wrong in the issues that he’s been involved in.

But would you turn to Gov. Palin?

I certainly wouldn’t turn to them, and I already have turned to Gov. Palin, particularly on energy issues, and I’ve appreciated her background and knowledge on that and many other issues.

Here is the part of the interview where the Senator is asked about the VP debate and Joe Biden. I love the snarky question about Alaska’s proximity to Russia. Also, Steve asks a very important question about her knowledge of the International Energy Market. Now don’t laugh Steve was being very serious.

Senator, as you know, the vice presidential debate comes on Thursday – your running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, against Joe Biden. Gov. Palin has been asked about her foreign policy qualifications and cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as one reason she’s qualified. I’d like to ask you, senator, what specifically do you believe that Alaska’s proximity to Russia adds to Palin’s foreign policy qualifications?
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McCain Insisted On Rigging Palin-Biden Debate

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In golf, a handicap creates a level playing field, so players of unequal ability can play at the same course on equal footing, making the match fairer.  So the same methodology is being used by McCain, who is not sure that the VP debate will go in their favor.  If you can’t debate on a level playing field handicap it in your favor. 

At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.

The Commission on Presidential Debates, which is non-partisan, came to a decision Saturday. 

A commission member said that the new agreement on the vice-presidential debate; calls for shorter blocks of candidate statements and open discussion than at the presidential debates.

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