My prediction for Thursday’s Biden-Palin debate

30 Sep

Biden will be criticized for condescending to/browbeating an inexperienced, but sharp and well-meaning woman. The press will call it a Biden victory, but a hollow one, because he won through elitist, misogynist snarkiness. Republicans will hammer this home until people forget who was stronger on what issue (which is to say, that Biden was stronger on every issue). They’ll only remember what an arrogant dick that Joe Biden is.  

Hope I’m wrong.


7 Responses to “My prediction for Thursday’s Biden-Palin debate”

  1. jonolan September 30, 2008 at 11:35 pm #

    Nope. That about sums it up. Biden will be a sexist pig and he’ll be roasted for it. 😉 Of course the Left will be too busy hating on Palin to notice that.

    It’s all a moot point though. No McCain supporter is going to turn traitor at this point, and no Obama follower can be converted at this point. The few undecided independents are all that are left up for grabs and they will probably make their decisions on local not national issues.

  2. newfeminist September 30, 2008 at 11:49 pm #

    I think Palin may “win,” too, but not through Biden’s “meanness.” He’ll be gentlemanly, and she’ll be the Tough Talker. America likes Tough Talk.

  3. jonolan October 1, 2008 at 3:20 am #

    I doubt that she’ll be so much tough as “folksy.”

  4. Equality October 2, 2008 at 12:22 pm #

    Why not question that the moderator, Gwen Ifill, of the upcoming Biden-Palin debate is pro-Obama. She wrote a book that praises Obama, obviously she will try her best to make Palin look bad in the debate Why couldn’t the moderator be more fair and bi-partisan?

    Why not make fun of Joe Biden, who thinks FDR was President in 1929, and thinks paying more taxes is patriotic?

  5. jonolan October 2, 2008 at 3:52 pm #


    Because the MSM sponsors the debates and they will use any means to anoint Obama as POTUS. Come on, they pulled this Obama shill, Ifill out of PBS! Do you really think that ANYONE associated with PBS would even consider being fair to a Republican?

    Palin should just – at the very beginning of the debate – congratulate Ifill on her book about Obama and say that it’s Inauguration Day publication date was well planned and the she (Palin) hopes Obama’s defeat won’t impact Ifill’s income too badly.


  6. Will October 2, 2008 at 9:16 pm #


    “Do you really think that ANYONE associated with PBS would even consider being fair to a Republican?”

    Sure, I’ve never seen a guest on a journalistic talk show receive more affection than William F. Buckley did from Charlie Rose.


    Nothing could be more ideal for Republicans than a pro-Obama moderator. Sarah Palin managed to turn unbelievably easy questions like “what magazines do you read?” and “what supreme court decisions do you disagree with?” into already-legendary displays of ignorance. It is a forgone conclusion that she will look stupid in this debate. It is a political miracle for her supporters that they’ll have firm evidence to suggest that the moderator was not impartial.

    As for Biden’s mistake about FDR, I think it’s actually pretty interesting that Republicans have seized on this to counter the recent revelation that Palin is frighteningly uninformed. Yes, absolutely, it was cringe-inducing to hear Biden make the remark. However, the mistake likely emerged from his knowing that FDR was responsible for pulling the US out of the great depression; the politically salient error, viz. that he thought FDR was also in office when the depression first struck, was a dumb one. However, it presupposes a level of historical knowledge well above what anyone could expect from Palin at this point. Imagine the things that would have been said about Couric had she asked Palin a specifically historical question like “who was president at the dawn of the Great Depression?” People think it was “gotcha!” journalism when Palin fumbled with questions which, had they been asked of Obama, would have been grounds for accusing Couric of giving him a pass.

    Biden has also shown decades of leadership and erudition concerning a broad range of issues. He’s chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. No one is doubting that Joe Biden qualified — his mistakes just make us wonder whether he might be the best choice. Sarah Palin’s recent “mistakes,” by contrast, demonstrate conclusively that no clear thinking adult should even consider allowing her to become vice president.

  7. Will October 2, 2008 at 9:27 pm #

    “Why not make fun of Joe Biden, who thinks…paying more taxes is patriotic?”

    Because I think there’s a good case to be made for this.

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