ABC News online claims no blood was spilled in last nights VP debate and many other sites are claiming a Joe Biden victory. While those may be professional opinions, I still find them to be dead wrong. Sarah Palin greatly increased popularity of the McCain ticket when she spoke with so directly to the American people at the RNC. She was inspiring. Subsequently the press has thrown a tantrum, kicking and screaming in vain attempts to discredit her and regain control of the election. It’s been tough on her, she’s been tough on them and going into this debate the press was filled with worries that she would cave to the more experienced Joe Biden.
Surprise, surprise, surprise. She didn’t screw anything up and as with her previous spotlight appearances, she commanded the stage and connected with America.
She also bested her opponent on several occasions. Using Joe Biden against the Obama/Biden ticket was a great move and she landed that punch more than once. Presenting herself as an outsider and therefore a more credible agent for change was an inarguable point. To the dismay of many Democrats, she did very well. And I’m sure also to the dismay of many Democrats, she stood patiently by while Joe Biden exercised a little self flagellation for his ticket. In a question regarding global warming, Joe Biden responded –
Well, I think it is manmade. I think it’s clearly manmade. And, look, this probably explains the biggest fundamental difference between John McCain and Barack Obama and Sarah Palin and Joe Biden — Governor Palin and Joe Biden.
If you don’t understand what the cause is, it’s virtually impossible to come up with a solution. We know what the cause is. The cause is manmade. That’s the cause.
While Gov. Palin responded –
I’m not one to attribute every man — activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for man’s activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet.
But there are real changes going on in our climate. And I don’t want to argue about the causes. What I want to argue about is, how are we going to get there to positively affect the impacts?
Which presidential team do you want lead our nation in addressing global warming, the Obama/Biden all manmade global warming alarmist ticket? Or should we chose the more reasonable and effective McCain/Palin ticket who is open to exploring and addressing all causes of global warming?
And the big boo boo on Sen. Biden’s part was to confirm Barack Obama’s lacking experience by telling America that a President Obama would need the more experienced Joe Biden at his side for all the tough decisions?
But Barack Obama indicated to me he wanted me with him to help him govern. So every major decision he’ll be making, I’ll be sitting in the room to give my best advice. He’s president, not me, I’ll give my best advice. NY Times
So bottom line on the debate is that I see the McCain/Palin ticket as clear debate victors. Why? Because Sarah Palin, with Joe Biden’s help, discredited the Obama/Biden ticket and at the same time connected American voters with the reasonable and thoughtful way a McCain/Palin ticket would serve us in the White House.