Let me say this: I expected Governor Palin to be a complete nitwit during this debate given what we’ve seen in the past week with her interviewing ability. This statement is merely in the interest of disclosure.
I am of the opinion that this debate was not the lopsided affair that was expected by many. However, I think that this is only true superficially. I believe that if we dig deep down past the obviously smoothly coached answers of both candidates, we’ll find that there was more substance in Senator Biden’s answers. A lot will be made of Governor Palin’s down-home colloquialism and, here in Kentucky, we tend to buy into that as more honest, more forthright, more believable. But, for my money and my vote it strayed toward corny. If anything, she appeared to be less educated than Senator Biden when using her “doggones” and her folksy stories.
When I vote for a person to assist in leading the country, I want to feel that person has a grasp on what it takes to be a player on the global stage. I think Governor Palin’s inexperience continues to show even in the face of her ability to answer questions regarding topics that everyone is talking about these days. I give her credit certainly for making giant strides toward becoming more knowledgeable and capable of being that person at some point in the future, but I believe for now that Senator Biden is more professional and is a more rational choice for vice president.
Senator Biden, on a consistent basis, was able to answer the questions posed by the moderator. More so, even, than the presidential counterparts were able to do last week. And, not to use this as an rallying point, but his obvious compassion and understanding, evident when speaking about his family, was just the right amount of connection with the voters on Main Street. His answers were more substantive, whereas Governor Palin’s regurgitated talking points showed very little understanding of the issues at hand.
It’s one thing to memorize the facts for the test, it’s completely another to understand the basic fundamentals in order to excel beyond the moment. My thoughts and my vote remain unchanged aside from I don’t discount that Governor Palin can be molded into a politician, possibly worthy of her desired office.
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