Sarah Palin

Re: But is she ready for the ‘24’ scenario?

By on 10.3.08 | 10:43AM

"What if the Silver Surfer came to Earth and said Galactus was going to consume the planet? Who would make him feel safe then?"

Better yet: Let's say Magneto had started a war between super-powered mutants and humans, claiming that the only way super-powered mutants could be safe is for humans to die. Could Sarah Palin possibly broker a truce between the factions?

Or: Doomsday comes to earth and kills Superman. Would the DC gun regulations as they stand get in the way of Sarah Palin loading up on some buckshot and taking the fight to him?

Or: A gigantic asteroid is flying toward earth. Will she, Todd, and a group of scrappy oil rig workers be able to prevent us all from meeting certain doom?

Or: A cyborg sent from the future is sent to kill her in order to prevent her from leading us in the coming robot wars. Is John McCain strong enough to protect her?

Or: A group of evil alien robots are looking for a special cubed object lost here on earth. If John McCain dies in office, will Sarah Palin be able to align herself with the good alien robots and lead humans in an intergalactic robot war?

Mass Conservative Delusion

By on 10.3.08 | 10:41AM

I hate to say it, but I think conservative activists have become like hometown sports fans who so desperately want their team to win that they see EVERYthing through the lens that shows their team as being the best -- and that therefore sees ANY loss or setback as the result of an unfair third party, like a bad referee, or something.

Exaggerating only slightly for effect, this was Sarah Palin's message last night, except that just written down it doesn't capture the cloyingness of the nasal "all" and the long drawn-out "o" in her "also."

"Well, awl-so-o-o [also] in Alaska, mavericks in Alaska, also, where we produce a lot of oil, also, we know that we've gotta reform Washington, also, you-betcha!"

Sorry, but if the Democratic candidate had put forth this sort of performance, we would all be yelling about how the MSM was giving that candidate a pass on their utter lack of knowledge, depth, specifics, and coherence.

But is She Ready for the ‘24’ Scenario?

By on 10.3.08 | 10:29AM

While I've raised questions about Sarah Palin's readiness myself, I think Conor Friedersdorf gets a bit carried away:

To put a finer point on this, I ask the following of everyone who watched tonight's debate -- were John McCain assassinated at his inauguration by terrorists, even as two American cities saw buildings partially blown up by truck bombs, and Vladimir Putin used the opportunity to move troops into a former Soviet Repulic, would you trust that Governor Palin would have the knowledge, credibility, bearing and calming influence on the country to handle the situation? Or would having her in the Oval Office freak you out in a deep way? I'd be frightened, and I expect a lot of people now supporting Governor Palin would think, "Oh God, what have I done."
This is getting pretty absurd. Would Conor somehow feel safe if Barack Obama were president under those circumstances? What if the Silver Surfer came to Earth and said Galactus was going to consume the planet? Who would make him feel safe then?

The Palinator

By on 10.3.08 | 12:27AM

Sarah Palin did fine and may have even "won" by exceeding expectations. She was likeable, she was lookable, but I don't think she was wildly persuasive on substance. It was clear that they bought into the "Let Palin be Palin" argument, because she played to her strenghts: folksiness,"adorability" as the Luntz panel guy put it, Joe Six Pack and the Hockey Moms. She displayed knowledge in areas where she was not expected to and whenever she was asked a question where Biden was clearly better informed she capably steered the conversation back to things she did know -- Alaska, personal anecdotes, energy policy, arguments about Democratic tax increases.

Joe Biden avoided putting his foot in his mouth, was well informed and crisp if occasionally to Washington-wonkish, and struck the right balance in terms of challenging Palin without bullying or patronizing her. He was a little flat in the beginning but picked up steam as he went along. But the expectations game did not favor him.

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Biden Won Overwhelmingly…BUT….

By on 10.2.08 | 11:18PM

I think Joe Biden just gave the greatest presidential campaign debate performance I have ever seen. He was absolutely commanding and absolutely convincing. But (and you'll have to read all the way down before I explain this) he gift-wrapped two big opportunities for the McCain campaign if the campaign is smart enough and tough enough to exploit them.

I thought Sarah Palin did about as well as she could. She wasn't bad. She wasn't great, by any means. But she was out of her league. Unfortunately, my opinion of her performance was HIGHER than that of my "test group." I watched with two women, both rather apolitical but both conservative, both of whom wanted her to do well, both in the mid-thirties to mid-forties age range. They thought she was absolutely godawful.

Young woman #1: "She's just not polished enough."

"ANSWER the question!"

and, at the end: "He smoked her. He smoked her. He smoked her."

Young woman #2: "She's just a calamity." and again at the end: "She was calamitous."

Sarah Got Her Groove Back

By on 10.2.08 | 10:54PM

Sarah Palin did as well if not better than anybody could have expected. This will help repair some of the damage that was done to her reputation over the past few weeks. She was likeable, spoke to the concerns of average Americans, defended McCain and went on the offense against Obama. She wasn't afraid to mix it up with Biden either, and she added good humor. Most of all, she seemed comfortable up there and avoided any major incident.

And I would add that Joe Biden also did what he needed to. He communicated his experience and knowledge, was an able attack dog, and most of all, remained respectful and averted a big gaffe.

I don't think this changes the big picture of the race much, but it will ease doubts about Palin.