Friday, October 3, 2008

And the winner is...

Senator Biden. Not that this fact is in any way surprising to most of you out there. I guess the most surprising thing about the debate was that Palin didn't ask for a life line.

I'll give her credit that she actually made some coherent statements. Some. But I would have loved it if she would have answered all of the questions. Instead of trying to be all hockey mom cute. Also, the last time I checked, it's nuclear, not "NEW-cue-lure." Oh yeah, and dropping your g's from words like "running" just makes you sound stupid. And I want the future VP of the United States to be WAY smarter than me.

Props to Biden for reigning in his verbosity and mostly sticking with the issues at hand. My favorite part of the debate is when Biden made the following statement in reply to Palin's over-played (and I think somewhat undeserved) "hockey mom who understands Main Street America and it's problems" persona:

Look, I understand what it's like to be a single parent. When my wife and daughter died and my two sons were gravely injured, I understand what it's like as a parent to wonder what it's like if your kid's going to make it.

I understand what it's like to sit around the kitchen table with a father who says, "I've got to leave, champ, because there's no jobs here. I got to head down to Wilmington. And when we get enough money, honey, we'll bring you down."

I understand what it's like. I'm much better off than almost all Americans now. I get a good salary with the United States Senate. I live in a beautiful house that's my total investment that I have. So I -- I am much better off now.

But the notion that somehow, because I'm a man, I don't know what it's like to raise two kids alone, I don't know what it's like to have a child you're not sure is going to -- is going to make it -- I understand.

I understand, as well as, with all due respect, the governor or anybody else, what it's like for those people sitting around that kitchen table. And guess what? They're looking for help. They're looking for help. They're not looking for more of the same.

Bless your heart, Joe Biden. I really like you.

Other than sighting this excerpt, I am not going to go into a deep analysis of the debate because I don't want to write an essay on the subject. Or beat a dead horse. So, if you didn't catch the debate, please read the transcript here and judge for yourselves.

I'm feeling better and better about voting for Obama.


Cliff, Kendal and Stone said...

Oh dear friend, I have to disagree. :)For the first time in my life, I am going to agree with Tom Brokaw, who said, "the Democrats are sure thankful there is only going to be one of these [VP debate]." As far as feeling better and better about voting for Obama, the man can care less about his own brother (George), what makes you think he's going to care about you....

But I love you to death. :) And miss you. Muah. :)

Shannon said...

I agree with you-Senator Biden did a fantastic job at stating the facts, answering the questions directly, showing his own real-ness. Governor Palin did a fantastic job at being direct about her own stances, but she did not answer the questions as forthrightly as Biden did. My favorite line of the whole debate: "Say it aint so, Joe." And she had a point. And so did he.
I liked them both. I appreciated that they both acknowledged the accomplishments of each other. I found a respect in this debate that was lacking in the first Presidential nominee debate. I'm still undecided. But it is fun to try and figure it all out in the meanwhile and I appreciate your thoughts on the matter.

P.S. Ever watched "What Not to Wear"? Stacey vaguely reminds me of you-her appearance, her hair, her classy dressing and how I imagine you carry yourself (being that I've never actually met you)--but not her attitude. She's too calloused. But she's got spice, which you have...only in a nicer way. Do you see it? I totally see it.

Anonymous said...

Nice post lauren. I was very touched by Biden's comment at the end and found it very appropriate (the one you quoted). Lets hope the democrats win this november.... we sure don't want to have a "New-cue-lure" war on our hands :)
Need I say more?

Anonymous said...

The previous anonymous post was by Beth just so you know!

Ashley said...

When in doubt, sound it out. I thought it was a wash. She didn't screw up terribly, and he managed to not insult her personally, which I would have actually liked to have seen. But he needed to be a whole lot more aggressive.

I don't like it when either of them use their family situations as political leverage. I think it is incredibly manipulative and hypocritical to say family is "off limits" and then use them as a softening tool to garnish sympathy in a speech. That being said, I have always had a crush on Joe Biden.

It's a good thing you already live in Salt Lake because you would have been expelled from Utah county by now.

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