The Palin Rebound by David Brooks
Still, this debate was about Sarah Palin. She held up her end of an energetic debate that gave voters a direct look at two competing philosophies. She established debating parity with Joe Biden. And in a country that is furious with Washington, she presented herself as a radical alternative.
By the end of the debate, most Republicans were not crouching behind the couch, but standing on it. The race has not been transformed, but few could have expected as vibrant and tactically clever a performance as the one Sarah Palin turned in Thursday night.
Watching the debate I noticed that Biden referred to the Muslim population of Bosnia and Herzegovina as “Bosniaks”. This is actually the correct term, though in English people often say simply Bosnian Muslims. When he said it, the first thing I though was, I wonder how many right-wingers would jump on this as a gaffe on the model of candidate George W. Bush’s reference to ‘Grecians.’
I don’t know who else exposed their own ignorance by falling into this trap. But Cokie Roberts did.
“What comes across best is that she looks hot, fills a stage, seems a fast study, and speaks in complete sentences. Nobody’s listening closely to anything anyway, so she could pull it off, even going toe to toe on the stage with Biden. In 2008, it’s all about form over content.”
-thal (last month)
Let’s take another crack at it:
What comes across worst is that while she’s looking hot, shrivels in an interview, can stay up late for the test, but misplaces the answers to the questions, and flunks. Nobody’s listening closely to anything anyway, so she could do me a big favor pulling her blouse off when going toe to toe on stage with Biden. In 2008, it’s all about form over content.
– thal (this month)