I'm all a-quiver with anticipation for the big debate tomorrow. I actually think that Palin is not going to do that bad -- expectations are so very very low that if she doesn't emit a foot-long streamer of drool she'll win the "expectations game." She may even handle herself well, and for her sake, I hoe she does. But after the last couple of weeks, I am not sure that will be enough to salvage the ashes of her reputation.
Which Sarah Palin will show up tomorrow? She in fact has something of a record of success in past debates. But she's recently presented herself in interview settings, it cannot be disputed, as something more approximating a blithering idiot. Watch this exchange with Couric, where she can't even answer the simple question: what newspapers do you read?
"All of them"? "Any of them"? That's doesn't actually mean anything! I mean, come on! Just pick one, any one! The Times, the Post, even the bloody Anchorage Gazette for Jeebus' sake! This is painful to watch.
Whereas this bit is just funny.
You see, Biden's old. Really, really old. We wouldn't want an old president now, would we? They're all musty with the old-man stink! Someone young, with a new direction might be better, donchathink? Way to stick to the talking points.
This bit is just scary, though. I can't wait to see the video on it, which we don't have yet. It is, as reported, actually scary:
Of concern to McCain's campaign, however, is a remaining and still-undisclosed clip from Palin's interview with Couric last week that has the political world buzzing. [...] It came in response to a question about Supreme Court decisions.Wow. Come on. How 'bout, I dunno, Brown v Board of Education? That should be a gimme. Maybe since you're all abortion-crazy, Casey v Pennsylvania? Lawrence v Texas? Griswold? Plessy-Ferguson? Kelo? Dredd Scott? Beuller? Beuller? I'm just a doctor, not a politician, and I pulled all these out of my ass. Sure, I'm not on camera, but I'm not running to be Vice President either. For that matter, forget the name, just give me "that awful case about eminent domain," so I know you've been paying attention.
After noting Roe vs. Wade, Palin was apparently unable to discuss any major court cases.
There was no verbal fumbling with this particular question as there was with some others, the aide said, but rather silence.
Except she hasn't, has she?
John McCain, putting Country First.