I caught ther debate on CNN and laughed outloud when GOP analyst Ed Rollins scored a positive point for Governor Palin just for walking onstage and shaking Senator Joe Biden’s hand.Â
In a nutshell; Biden was presidential.Â Palin was mayoral.
Biden’s biggest gaffe of the night was incorrectly citing Article I of the Constitution describing the authority of the executive branch and the Vice President’s role (it’s Article II). Palin seems in favior of expanding the VP’s power and suggested that there was definition within the Constitution to do that (no, there isn’t).
No question that Palin is telegenic and was well-rehersed for the debate.Â But the winking, hokem comments and inability to get beyond beauty pageant answers really showed just how shallow she is.Â Most telling, her refusal to answer one question completely to go off topic tells me she wasn’t ready to answer.Â And the comment about speaking directly to the American people without the filter of the mainstream media was utter bull.Â Three interviews in a month is not the MSM’s fault, especially since two of those interviews demonstrated a massive fail on her understanding of basic points required of someone one heartbeat away from the Oval Office.Â She also mispronounced the name of our military commander in Afghanistan, but maybe its just that accent.
Biden gave the performance of his life.Â He defended his record and Senator Obama’s record. He was respectful of Governor Palin though he had multiple opportunities to hammer her on earmarks.Â In the end, five of the six CNN analyst scored Biden the winner (Rollins called it a blow out for Palin).Â His best moment of the night wasÂ on describing how John McCain is NOT a maverick.
Since Palin didn’t drool on herself or run crying from the room, I’m sure the right wingers will declare her a victory.Â But you cannot, with any amount of credability, position your ticket as one that will strictly oversee Wall Street when the top of the ticket has a well-documented 26 year career as an advocate for deregulation.