Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Speaking of Palin...

Posted on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 1:27 PM

If you're wondering what her debate might look like, here's a primer of sorts from the Anchorage newspaper, written by an independent who debated her in the 2006 gubernatorial race (and obviously lost). Here's the money quote:

"Andrew, I watch you at these debates with no notes, no papers and yet when asked questions you spout off facts, figures and policies and I'm amazed. But then I look out into the audience and I ask myself, 'Does any of this really matter?'" Palin said.

Palin, clearly, won the race, so maybe they didn't. Which is something someone as loquacious and fact-immersed as Biden would do well to keep in mind. As the author notes:

While public policy wonks might cringe, the fact was that Sarah Palin was simply vocalizing her biggest campaign strength without realizing it. During the campaign, from January to November, Palin's message on important public policy issues never evolved -- because it didn't have to. Her ability to fill the debate halls with her presence and her gift of the glittering generality made it possible for her to rely on populism instead of policy.

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