Friday, 3 October 2008

Palineurism

It's just after five am. for me at the moment, because I stayed up to watch the vice presidential debate. Let me just say that I found the whole thing to be extremely draining, and not just because it was past my bedtime...

My (naive) understanding of what a debate entails, is that an unbiased party asks a series of questions which all parties are then asked to answer within a certain time frame, in response to the question and each other's answers. Boy was I wrong!

Now, I admit that during this debate, I was enganging in some friendly online fun poking at Gvn. Palin at http://www.pajiba.com/palin-vs-biden.htm#comments so I might have been destracted at times. And when I did pay close attention, I got so pissed off at Palin's constant evading of the questions, merely spouting soundbites on que, that I stormed off to the fridge a few times to get a cold beer, fighting the urge to throw my tv out the window. So that's why I just read the whole transcript again on CNN to make sure that I wasn't full of it. Turns out I really wasn't...

WTF, why didn't this woman answer over half the questions she was asked, and why didn't anyone call her on it? This is really frustrating to me. Shouldn't at some point someone have gone "Ehm, I'm sorry governor, but what you're talking about has absolutely nothing to do with the question at hand, if you wouldn't mind terribly just to ANSWER THE MOTHEREFFING QUESTION!".

IFILL: Let's talk conventional wisdom for a moment. The conventional wisdom, Gov. Palin with you, is that your Achilles heel is that you lack experience. Your conventional wisdom against you is that your Achilles heel is that you lack discipline, Sen. Biden. What id it really for you, Gov. Palin? What is it really for you, Sen. Biden? Start with you, governor.
PALIN: My experience as an executive will be put to good use as a mayor and business owner and oil and gas regulator and then as governor of a huge state, a huge energy producing state that is accounting for much progress towards getting our nation energy independence and that's extremely important. But it wasn't just that
experience tapped into, it was my connection to the heartland of America. Being a mom, one very concerned about a son in the war, about a special needs child, about kids heading off to college, how are we going to pay those tuition bills? About times and Todd and our marriage in our past where we didn't have health insurance and we know what other Americans are going through as they sit around the kitchen table and try to figure out how are they going to pay out-of-pocket for health care? We've been there also so that connection was important. But even more important is that world view that I share with John McCain. That world view that says that America is a nation of exceptionalism. And we are to be that shining city on a hill, as President Reagan so beautifully said, that we are a beacon of hope and that we are unapologetic here. We are not perfect as a nation. But together, we represent a perfect ideal. And that is democracy and tolerance and freedom and equal rights. Those things that we stand for that can be put to good use as a force for good in this world.John McCain and I share that. You combine all that with being a team with the only track record of making a really, a difference in where we've been and reforming, that's a good team, it's a good ticket.

Now how is that answering the question in any way, shape or form? It's not! But the problem is her job tonight was not to answer the questions to the best of her abilities, as is a reasonable expectation from a potential vice president. Her job was not to embarrass herself too much (as she has done over the past few weeks) and especially not to think for herself. The bar was lowered considerably for her, and as I'm watching the post debate discourse, she is being judged on that level. It's infuriating! Any reasonable mind would find Joe Biden the uncontested winner of this debate, but that is not what counts. Because this election is not going to be decided by reasonable minds, it's going to be decided by people who 'feel' that Palin is genuine (a laughable thought, I haven't seen a shark this big since I went cage diving in South Africa), who 'feel' (shiver) that she is just like them. There is nothing more I can add to that discussion because many have stated my point earlier, more eloquent than I would have, and ad nauseum, so let me just say that it scares the bejeezus out of me. You know, if ever there ever had been any jesus in there...

1 comment:

jess@thehomebound said...

she never answered anything straight! I made me so mad.