But It Can't Overshadow Reality
I'm going out on a limb here, because I'm going to let my personal impressions override the debate material.
1st impression: Palin was coached very well. She faltered several times on ideas and kept trying to change back to the talking points she was coached on. That will be pointed out ad nauseum by bloggers everywhere. She was more confident because she had been coached. Whoever coached her knew which points to cover. She was drilled time and again on these points and told never to waiver from them. Every time that she did, she went into "my-family-hockey-mom" mode.
Unfortunately, that didn't hit middle America ("heartland") as much as it should have. Whatever she says about the middle class, she somehow falls short of describing herself as such.
As I noted in a previous post: neither candidate were given the chance to talk about inner city problems. It was fortuitous for Palin, because she knows absolutely nothing about inner city strife. The inner city votes should go heavily for Obama.
2nd impression: as one journalist put it in the CNN post debate discussion: Joe Biden gave the debate of his life. He was up on facts and figures and kept hammering away at the possibility of no change with a McCain/Palin ticket. The impression that the analysts caught most was that Biden had restraint. I take that to mean that he could have hammered at issues in a more strident way than he did.
Biden: Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we've had probably in American history. The idea he doesn't realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that's the Executive Branch.
Brave Sarah:. And I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I'm going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also. First of all, Sarah, your answer was ungrammatical: are the questions or the answers the things we don't want to hear? And it's very brave for you to state that you wouldn't be answering some questions or avoiding others. I salute your bravery here. But it makes you look a bit silly. You could have phrased it differently.
Biden: "So you're going to have to place -- replace a $12,000 plan with a $5,000 check you just give to the insurance company. I call that the "Ultimate Bridge to Nowhere." Wow! What a punch! Biden covered several pieces of ground with that one and it's sure to be quoted often.
Palin: John McCain has been the consummate maverick in the Senate over all these years. The maverick thing has been floated way too much lately, and it's too easy to disprove. BTW: did Palin say the name "Republican Party" at all? This is called "uberdistancing"
Palin: Your plan is a white flag of surrender in Iraq.This is sure to go big with the "Kill 'em all!" die-hard single-wide trailer residents out there. She probably clinch the NRA on it (if it was ever in doubt).
PALIN: No and Dr. Henry Kissinger especially. I had a good conversation with him recently. And he shared with me his passion for diplomacy. And that's what John McCain and I would engage in also. But again, with some of these dictators who hate America and hate what we stand for, with our freedoms, our democracy, our tolerance, our respect for women's rights, those who would try to destroy what we stand for...aaaA "good conversation with him"? Huh? "passion for diplomacy"?? Is she trying to sound like she's a BETTER Barack Obama? And the flag-waving seemed to go on and on. She really did sound a lot like "The President Who Shall Remain Nameless."(PWSRN)
Biden: Look, past is prologue, Gwen. The issue is, how different is John McCain's policy going to be than George Bush's? I haven't heard anything yet. (Shock! He mentioned the PWSRN!)
In a sense, the above comment of Biden's is the soul of the Democrat's campaign. Unfrotunately for Republicans, it fits. So much so that even Republicans don't say the words "Bush" or "Republican."
PAST IS PROLOGUE.
Just a thought.