Palin Ignites Debate And Silences Critics

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Guess the nay-sayers walked away with a different take on this Vice Presidential debate.  Some were saying that Governor Sarah Palin would not be able to hold her own up against the older and more formidable Senator Joe Biden.  Never underestimate your opponent.

This debate was reminiscent of a previous post, Sarah Palin Hits A Grand Slam AND Steals Media Spotlight In Prime Time, which highlighted Governor Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech at the GOP convention.  But that was then, and this is now.  Read on to check on current thoughts.

Uppity Woman says,

…she disarms with a sledge hammer and a smile–in the presence of all those who Need To Know. From that moment on, the woman can soar to the next level…

The American Spectator’s The Barracuda Bites Back.

Last night’s debate showed that McCain made a solid choice, one who shares a characteristic of his. She’s at her most interesting when she’s in a fight.

Michelle Malkin’s Sarah Rocks!

She was warm, fresh, funny, confident, energetic, personable, relentless, and on message. She roasted Obama’s flip-flops on the surge and tea-with-dictators declarations, dinged Biden’s bash-Bush rhetoric, challenged the blame-America defeatism of the Left, and exuded the sunny optimism that energized the base in the first place.

Her performance also underscored the underhandedness of the hatchet job editors at ABC News and CBS News, which failed to capture her solid competence on the whole array of foreign and domestic policy issues on the debate table tonight.

Ace of Spades’ It was a fight between a manly man and a sissy girl, and the manly man won! [Tushar].

Sarah won this by a mile. This was her first unscripted moment on national stage and she proved herself.  This makes me wonder how many good answers Gibson and Couric left on the cutting table.  It would be interesting to see how the MSM spins their insistance that Palin is dumb.

Was Biden better with points? Maybe. But who in the audience noticed that?  Biden mostly made wonkish points that will give boners to Washington insiders.  Sarah talked in a language ordinary Americans understand.

CQ Politics’ The Vice Presidential Debate: CQ Politics’ Bests and MostsBest Stolen Line: Palin Swipes “There You Go Again” from Reagan.

After Biden challenged Palin to name policies on which McCain differs from unpopular President George W. Bush , Palin reached back in time to reprimand Biden for looking backward.

Here’s what she said: “Say it ain’t so, Joe, there you go again pointing backwards again.” Reagan famously used the line “there you go again” to deflect Jimmy Carter in a 1980 debate.

The American Thinker’s Palin Has Everything that Counts.

My favorite part of the debate last night was when Governor Palin reminded us all of Joe Biden’s characterization of paying more taxes as “patriotic.” Sarah Palin’s authenticity is the most powerful gift she has, in my opinion, and she smiled right into the camera, looked with a mischievous grin, and said that plans for the redistribution of wealth were not how we real Americans in the middle-class see “patriotism.”

Politico’s You betcha Sarah Palin can debate.

Sarah Palin was supposed to fall off the stage at her vice presidential debate Thursday evening. Instead, she ended up dominating it.

She not only kept Joe Biden on the defensive for much of the debate, she not only repeatedly attacked Barack Obama, but she looked like she was enjoying herself while doing it.

She smiled. She faced the camera. She was warm. She was human. Gosh and golly, she even dropped a bunch of g’s.

“John McCain doesn’t tell one thing to one group and somethin’ else to another,” she said. “Those huge tax breaks aren’t comin’ to those huge multinational corporations.”

She went out of her way to talk in everyday terms, saying things like “I betcha” and “We have a heckuva opportunity to learn” and “Darn right we need tax relief.”

ABC News’ Biden, Palin Avoid Major Gaffes in Economy, Foreign Policy Debate from the Comments.

Biden showed his expertise with reiterating a lot of facts; too often it seemed a biased distortion though, especially on the voting record of McCain. Afterall, I think there’s partisanship that taints a voting record that doesn’t necessarily show the actual stance on an issue. Palin definately revealed that she’s smart, can communicate her leadership and is up to the job demands of VP. I also felt she connected with the viewer better than Biden. He had more confident fluidity that revealed his experience and deep convictions. But she came into that same confidence early on and gained momentum as it went. I gotta say there’s staunch differences in ideology though and that’s what utlimately melts my butter. I’ll be voting for McCain/Palin. Christina in Clovis, CA
Posted by: CEDavies3 3:00 AM

Hot Air’s Palin-Biden debate chat and commentary!

Here’s what concluded me to believe Palin ‘ate his lunch.’:

1. More often than not, she was on the offensive.
2. Body language. He seemed uncomfortable, fidgity, changing expressions, his appeals for dramatics, etc. She was all smiles throughout. I think this goes to show the confidence level of each; she was, he wasn’t.
3. His propensity to lie…
4. His incessant need to campaign against Bush.
5. I also found it noteworthy that his eyes were fixed on Ifill (as if looking for an ally to relate to his BS). Palin? the cameras. She was speaking to us. She was in her element.
Not exactly a recipe for success. She smoked him!

Ace of Spades Biden’s 14 Lies also found at No Quarter’s Post-Debate Thread 3.

Comment by I have a bracelet 2 | 2008-10-03 00:41:04

1. TAX VOTE: Biden said McCain voted “the exact same way” as Obama to increase taxes on Americans earning just $42,000, but McCain DID NOT VOTE THAT WAY.
2. AHMEDINIJAD MEETING: Joe Biden lied when he said that Barack Obama never said that he would sit down unconditionally with Mahmoud Ahmedinijad of Iran. Barack Obama did say specifically, and Joe Biden attacked him for it.
3. OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING: Biden said, “Drill we must.” But Biden has opposed offshore drilling and even compared offshore drilling to “raping” the Outer Continental Shelf.”
4. TROOP FUNDING: Joe Biden lied when he indicated that John McCain and Barack Obama voted the same way against funding the troops in the field. John McCain opposed a bill that included a timeline, that the President of the United States had already said he would veto regardless of it’s passage.
5. OPPOSING CLEAN COAL: Biden says he’s always been for clean coal, but he just told a voter that he is against clean coal and any new coal plants in America and has a record of voting against clean coal and coal in the U.S. Senate.
6. ALERNATIVE ENERGY VOTES: According to, Biden is exaggerating and overstating John McCain’s record voting for alternative energy when he says he voted against it 23 times.
7. HEALTH INSURANCE: Biden falsely said McCain will raise taxes on people’s health insurance coverage – they get a tax credit to offset any tax hike. Independent fact checkers have confirmed this attack is false
8. OIL TAXES: Biden falsely said Palin supported a windfall profits tax in Alaska – she reformed the state tax and revenue system, it’s not a windfall profits tax.
9. AFGHANISTAN / GEN. MCKIERNAN COMMENTS: Biden said that top military commander in Iraq said the principles of the surge could not be applied to Afghanistan, but the commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Gen. David D. McKiernan said that there were principles of the surge strategy, including working with tribes, that could be applied in Afghanistan.
10. REGULATION: Biden falsely said McCain weakened regulation – he actually called for more regulation on Fannie and Freddie.
11. IRAQ: When Joe Biden lied when he said that John McCain was “dead wrong on Iraq”, because Joe Biden shared the same vote to authorize the war and differed on the surge strategy where they John McCain has been proven right.
12. TAX INCREASES: Biden said Americans earning less than $250,000 wouldn’t see higher taxes, but the Obama-Biden tax plan would raise taxes on individuals making $200,000 or more.
13. BAILOUT: Biden said the economic rescue legislation matches the four principles that Obama laid out, but in reality it doesn’t meet two of the four principles that Obama outlined on Sept. 19, which were that it include an emergency economic stimulus package, and that it be part of “part of a globally coordinated effort with our partners in the G-20.”
14. REAGAN TAX RATES: Biden is wrong in saying that under Obama, Americans won’t pay any more in taxes then they did under Reagan.


Comment by William L. Donlon | 2008-10-03 01:22:22

It’s like the night Hillary won New Hampshire.

It’s like the night Hillary won Super Tuesday.

It’s like the night Hillary won Ohio and Texas.

It’s like the night Hillary won New York, Calif., New Jersey, and Mass.

It’s like the night Hillary won Florida and Michigan.

Somebody remind me again—Just what did that little piss ant win to get the DNC nomination.

OH Yeah! — He won the Biased Media!!

Peggy Noonan on NBC News with Tom Brokaw.

The Jawa Report’s Anteater Emails His Debate Reaction is a MUST CLICK!

And Neocon News’ Eat ‘Cuda! is also a MUST CLICK for the Photoshop rendition of “Cuda.  Eat Crow.  I think I can still hear Joe choking.”

Gateway Pundit’s Palin & Biden Debate At Wash U …Monster Rally Greets Palin Like a Super Bowl Champ After Debate! has some must see photos from the After Party at the Chaifetz Arena.  A good time to be had by all.  Except, if you scroll down to see the Media and the Obama campaign headquarters close to the university.  Is this any indication as to the results of the debate?  Excellent wonk post with pictures.

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