Friday, October 03, 2008

VP Debate: Talk About Your Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

If you are a Republican you're ecstatic that your candidate actually can talk. You're proud she can duck questions and deride "the filter." You think she was pretty slick to co-opt Obama's change message and slap it onto McCain. And you marveled at her attempt to ward off any examination of your sorry record with a leaden rewrite of a Reagan classic: "Say it ain't so, Joe, there you go again pointin' backwards again." You loved how perky she was, with the beaming smile, the winks, the head tilt and the occasional puzzled nose-scrunching.

If you were grading her on a curve that also includes a tennis ball, an avocado, and that lady who showed up for the Couric interview, you'd have to say she aced it. OK, base, consider yourselves re-energized.

Mickeleh's Take: As for the rest of us, we're still scared shitless about what the Republicans have done to our economy, our national honor, our prestige in the world, and our constitution. We didn't find any substantive answers in Palin's presentation. Instead we found a rote recitation of discredited Republican talking points. We're ready to move on.


Francine Hardaway, Ph.D said...

I suppose she's a type of woman I don't see much of anymore; they don't age well. I used to see them around Phoenix Country Club when I was a tennis mom, but they are pretty much all wizened alcoholics now.

I think she's not a leader, just a soccer mom. I "like" her; I don't trust her with my life. I'm not sure I would even have coffee with her, given my current time constraints.

Warner said...

More and more Palin reminds me of Bush when he first caught the national eye before 2000. We don't need intelligence in a leader anymore, or at least that is what many think, as long as they can play the game. She proved last night that with prep she can play the game. But I keep coming back to Bush, (and also what might have been had not George Allen maccaa'ed his way out.) Biden's Past is Prologue comment was the most searing moment of the debate in my considered opinion.