Both Palin and Biden did well. Palin went toe-to-toe with Biden, both demonstrating a more solid grasp of policy specifics that she has in recent interviews and again showing with her effective attacking style why that “barracuda” nickname stuck. Biden didn’t go off on an rambling, incoherent discourses, didn’t make any gaffe statements that the Obama campaign will have to furiously try to explain away tomorrow, and showed his humanity effectively. Because Palin had lower expectations going in, call it something of a win for her, though (like all past VP debates) it won’t have any significant impact on the race.
Two debates down, two debates to go. Alas, I’ve already had my fill of the incredibly stupid content these things have generated this year. At times tonight I half expected to hear something like this:
Palin: “During his brief time in the Senate, Sen. Obama voted more than 20 times to kill puppies.”
Biden: “That’s absolute false, governor. And more than that, John McCain has voted over thirty times to kill kittens.”
Palin: “Joe, you just don’t get it. Sen. Obama voted 40 times to give nerve gas to terrorists.”
Biden: “Well, John voted more than 50 times to allow Osama Bin Laden to wipe his ass with the Constitution.”
And besides that, the McCain-Palin populism-lite nonsense is starting to really get on my nerves. Contending that the current financial crisis was almost solely caused by “predatory lending” and “Wall Street greed” is the kind of asinine claptrap that any GOP national nominee should be ashamed to offer. And why do McCain and Palin continue to pass up great opportunities to attack Obama’s ties to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Ugh.
Ok, rant over.