Well, the VP debate is over. Whew! I can breathe again. From where I sit, Palin came, she saw, and she conquered. Flat out, she rocked. Biden was able to avoid putting his foot in his mouth verbally, but he did set a record for smirking, and another for forced smiles. Advantage: Palin.
If we were to use the mainstream media standard, Palin made no mistakes (they would have judged her survival on the basis her not making more than one or two gaffes), and therefore “survived.” So if you’re a conservative, you’re going to say “Palin Won.” If you are a liberal, you’ll probably say something like “Palin acquitted herself adequately [sniff], but Biden enunciated his positions, where Palin made a base appeal to middle America.”
Newsflash, pundits: Middle America – you know…the “flyover states” ARE this country. We vote. We think. And Sarah Palin was speaking directly to US. While Biden revealed that he is (as everyone knew) the consumate Senate insider, Palin reveled in the fact that she is a proud outsider.
Palin spoke to us in our own language. She was genuine. She was real. She was articulate, She was on point. She didn’t just exceed expectations – she blew them away.
One lesson for the mainstream media – when you use the power of the edit bay to take two hours worth of raw footage and slant it in such a way as to make her look like an idiot. That can backfire, as it did here. The media blundered, by setting expectations so low for Palin, all she had to do was to not screw up, to look better than she’d come off with Gibson and Couric. When she hit one out of the park, it revealed the interviews as the hatchet jobs they were. Palin is no fool, and when she was able to break through the mainstream media’s prism of distortion and lies, she came across as knowledgeable and REAL.
I particularly liked the moment at which Palin, referring to the financial bailout mess, said that “it’s not the American people’s fault, but we can all learn some really good lessons from this. That’s right, Governor. It’s ultimately all about personal responsibility. She GETS IT. Biden doesn’t.
Listen, I know some of you reading this blog don’t agree with me. (And I appreciate that, and find that we can agree to disagree.) However, ask yourself this: Biden said it’s out “patriotic duty” to “step up” and “pay more taxes” for the good of the Nation. Can you honestly say that Biden gets it? I mean, if your household is anything like mine, if you don’t have enough money for something, you don’t say “well, we just have to make more money,” or “well, we’ll just have to spend more, and go into debt.” You say, we don’t have the money…if we need this (whatever this is) we’ll just have to cut something else in the budget to make up the difference.
This, people is the fundamental difference between McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden: Palin believes in personal responsibility. Biden believes we should look to government to save us. I’m with Palin. In fact, I can’t wait to pull the lever for McCain/Palin. This woman GETS IT. Let me say that again. SHE GETS IT. We need people like her running things.
So where do things go from here? I dunno. I’m sure Palin’s performance will give the McCain campaign a post-debate bounce. What will be interesting to see, is if her dynamic performance tonight is enough to overshadow the hatchet job the media’s been doing on her. I suspect it will. I have a sneaking suspicion that those of us in “flyover country” are going to stand up as one, and tell the media where to stick it. I think her performance in the debate will eliminate any doubts those on the right might have had, in listening to Couric and Gibson. Those in the middle with minds still open, will realize Palin is fully qualified. Those on the left will be afraid. Very afraid. The misinformation campaign has failed. Big time.
So it’s on to the next debate. I can’t wait.