To me these debates are a blood sport, and we are the prize. Itâ€™s tough on a human level to see people under that kind of pressure, knowing that every word count and blink will be analyzed.
I couldnâ€™t stand to witness it alone, so I went to Local 121 where a rowdy debate party was happening.
I expected Gov. Palin to be quick and winning, and Sen. Biden to lose his focus, but that didnâ€™t happen. She seemed pretty artificial, like a bad actress reciting talking points. He way outclassed her in substance. The format of the debate didnâ€™t allow for the kind of pressing questions that would come up in an interview. When either candidate dodged a couple of times Gwen Ifill moved on.
I just want to say that Gwen Ifill was great. A broken ankle and right-wing internet smears didnâ€™t slow her down at all.
Watching Gov. Palin, I had some popular culture flashbacks. Like, â€˜The Handmaidâ€™s Taleâ€™. I imagined a bumper stickerâ€“
Serena Joy for President
When Gov. Palin at least twice admonished Sen. Biden for dwelling on the past when he condemned the failures of the Bush administration, I was reminded of the movie â€˜Citizen Ruthâ€™. In a scene so profane that Kiersten wouldnâ€™t want me to even link to it here, Ruth is publicly confronted by her mother and provoked to bring up a heinous episode from her childhood. Her motherâ€™s answer â€“ â€œRuth thatâ€™s ancient history.â€?
Letâ€™s not forgive and forget while there are still three months left in the Bush administration, and the next president will face a war based on lies and a financial mess that has economists talking about a Depression. Jesus will forgive President Bush. We sinners here on earth will be cleaning up for years. Literally, with global warming, which Gov. Palin thinks we can fix without knowing the cause.
Gov. Palin used the word â€˜maverickâ€™ so many times I felt like I was in the wild west. At least twice she promised â€˜a team of mavericks.â€™ Is that a good thing? Wonâ€™t they run off in different directions?
She had some slogans. You have to love freedom. Also, her flag pin was much bigger than Joe Bidenâ€™s flag pin.
I think Sen. Biden has it all over her when it comes to accomplishments like the â€˜Violence Against Women Actâ€™. Iâ€™m not happy with everything on his record, but no one comes out of Washington pure. Not Sen. McCain, not Sen. Obama, not President Lincoln or George Washington.
She is loved by her base, the Christian right. Sheâ€™s done well by them in Alaska, and itâ€™s useful to look at her record there. She calls herself a fresh face, but to me sheâ€™s more like a blank screen, concealing a stealth agenda that would trade religious liberty for a Christian nation.