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October 3rd, 2008

Dah Debate and Sum Otter Stuff @ 11:33 am


"Folksy?"

Sheesh.

I have to agree with the folks over at The Stephanie Miller show on Air America who have been saying all week that the bar has been set so low for Governor Palin that all she had to do was not completely spaz out and they could count it as a win.

Meanwhile, I think it's a crime that the Governor Palin show has become such a media circus that no one seems to have noticed the awesome sound bytes that Senator Biden got off last night (without sounding condescening!) I thought his whole "That's the real bridge to nowhere" dig at the end of the discussion of McCain's flawed insurance plan was, in a word, AWESOME. Biden actually had any number of breathtaking clear, concise responses -- yea, even retorts, that I thought totally cinched his victory over the Queen of Talking Points.

I have to admit that I'm one of those "average" Americans who didn't really know that much about Senator Joe Biden before last night. I'm above average, in that I *did* read the New York Times article (gah! I'm one of dem liberal elites!) about Biden that appeared the Sunday after his pick as VP cadidate for my ticket. But, I didn't know much about about this whole, "There you go again, Joe," stuff, or any of his reputation as kind of a talk-before-thinking guy. seanmmurphy had to fill me in on all that as we watched. So, not knowing Senator Biden from bumpkis, I have to say he seemed damned vice presidental to me. I wouldn't mind having him a heartbeat away, as it were. Hell, anyone who can look the American people in the eye and say, "Dick Cheney is the most dangerous vice presdient in history" has my vote, hands down! We need people who actually say what needs saying.

The Republican spin-control is an amazing thing to me. How they can point one finger at Senator Obama and say he's green and doesn't have the experience to run the country, and jab the other one at Biden and claim he's a "Washington insider" is beyond me. Where I come from, you can't have it both ways. Either McCain has experience governing from all his years in the Senate (like Biden) OR he's a Washington insider too (and not a motherfraking "maverick".)

Speaking of which, my condolensces for any of you playing the Palin drinking game last night. After all the times she said "maverick" last night you, my friends, must have had to be hospitalized.

As for the rest of my life... the contractors came yesterday and started work. The faucets are in, the light fixture is in place (albeit the wrong place right now), and the toliet has been removed. I guess the guy who does floors and walls and stuff is off today and Monday, but it should all be done soon. Hooray! I can now mostly resume my normal routine.

In other vaguely interesting news, Ms. Peep, our basement kitty, seems to be brave. She'd been living in our basement because she has had a litter box problem that seems to be brought on by fear of other cats. So, for her sake, we've been closing the door between her part of the basement and the rest of the basement so she could feel safe. Well, with the construction guys here, the doors, by necessity, had to be open. This morning, Peep was up and in our kitchen and... mingling. I think she might be over her fear of the other kittehs. That would be nice. She's really quite the sweety and I've always felt kind of bad about her self-imposed exile.
 
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From:algy
Date:October 3rd, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
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I wish I was back in college so I could try that "I may not answer the way you want" approach to test taking.
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From:lyda222
Date:October 3rd, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I DID do that once on a test (a test about the powers of the presidency, actually -- I'd only memorized three out of five, so I spun the essay answer to talk about how these other three were way more important than the one the question asked about), but, you know... a) I was ON TOPIC, and b) I'm not running for vice president.
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From:algy
Date:October 3rd, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Over at The Edge of the American West they suggest her performance is like a student trying to bluff her way through a test after cramming for it right before it started. They have up a portion of one of her replies and it just is lacking in any substance and is just packed with buzz words in no particular order.

(As an aside, I want to find the person who decided to inject "toxic" into the recent financial discussions and just hit him or her about the head with a rolled up newspaper.)

I do hear people talking like that, but as you say, they're not running for vice president.
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From:naomikritzer
Date:October 3rd, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
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I think EVERYONE did that in college. On occasion we'd even get partial credit, so it was worth a try.
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From:muneraven
Date:October 3rd, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)

LOL: ignoring the question

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I actually did that on one question of the comprehensive exam I had to take to get my grad degree! It was the last question of an eight hour test. The question made me furious and I used it as a chance to bemoan the lack of female and minority authors on the forty book reading list the test was based on. Fortunately the professors grading me felt that my answer was "in the ballpark" enough to count. To tell you the truth, I think they cut me slack because I was right about the crappy book list. :-)
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From:muneraven
Date:October 3rd, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)

My take

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We watched the debate and then adjourned upstairs to play WOW and listen to comments on MPR. I thought, yanno, public radio...it might have some pithy commentary. YE GODS. I kid you not the people who called in to the post-debate show were beyond stupid. I'm not just saying that because I didn't agree with them. They were terrifyingly dumb. I mean their brains just didn't work. Most of them couldn't put two sentences together that made any sense. There was ZERO thoughtful analysis of the debate. One woman liked Palin because "she is like me" and then proceeded to ramble about being a hostage in Kuwait. A guy called in and declared that he didn't like Biden because Obama had refused to say the pledge of allegiance early in the campaign (WHAT?). Good lord I just sat there dumbstruck feeling absolutely hopeless about this country. Everything wrong with America can be explained by the level of intelligence demonstrated on that show last night. Some people in the studio audience were really bright but they were totally overwhelmed by the numbskulls who seem to vote according to the latest e-mail they got from Uncle Bubba and whether or not a candidate seems like someone who they'd have a beer with.

So, anyway, like you I thought Biden was quite wonderful and Palin was pretty terrible, but obviously you and I have actual THOUGHTS about debates so we are in the minority.

--Karen (taking refuge with smart LJ friends in order to feel better)
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From:darkchallenger
Date:October 4th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
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I was surprised to hear Palin say that McCain knows about winning wars. Last time I checked we lost Viet Nam. The last time we won was in '45. I also don't like candidates that wink at the camera. I did like Biden talking about being a single parent. Palin just comes across as W in a skirt. Imagine what kind of shape we'd be in with W and Palin on the same ticket.

The only good that would come from a McCain/Palin victory is the great Tina Fey bits on SNL and the inevitable Great Moments in Vice Presidential Speeches that would appear on Letterman.
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From:lyda222
Date:October 7th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
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My partner Shawn found this at Boing-Boing (all you cool kids have probably already seen it):

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/10/03/palin-debate-prep-fl.html

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