7WD watches the veep debate

  • 8:56 PM OK, 7WD is on the case.
  • 8:57 PM Watching the crowd on C-SPAN now. I am watching C-SPAN because the silly line/opinion graphs on CNN were so annoying last time.
  • 9:01 PM I think I just heard someone open a can. Is someone in the C-SPAN control room having a Red Bull?
  • 9:03 PM “Can I call you Joe?” Sarah said. Um, just call him that if you want to.
  • 9:05 PM Palin: barometer of economy is a soccer game. Shouldn’t that be hockey game?
  • 9:06 PM Or maybe it should be, I don’t know, an actual economic indicator?
  • 9:07 PM The 7WD reporting team tells me that the CNN line thingy is women vs. men this time. What will happen if they start talking about Mars and Venus? I can guess.
  • 9:09 PM Palin is well so far. Much better than she did on her last interviews. I’m beginning to suspect we might be looking at Tina Fey.
  • 9:11 PM Palin: it’s not the American people’s fault that the economy is in ruin. Well, sort of, but our societal greed was not unrelated.
  • 9:13 PM Palin: 94 times Obama voted to increase taxes or not decrease them. Yeah, what’s the breakdown? I’ll be it’s about 2 increases and 92 “no decreases”
  • 9:14 PM Biden steps in with the facts. How inconvenient of him. McCain voted to “raise taxes” 477 times. Ouch! Compared with Obama, McCain is a tax and spend liberal!
  • 9:15 PM Palin is going to straight straight to the American people, so she doesn’t have to answer moderator questions if she doesn’t want to. Nice.
  • 9:17 PM The 7WD Cranston Bureau has a question: why does Palin say “darn right” all the time? Cuteness? Is it her f-bomb methodone?
  • 9:18 PM Palin: “patriotic means the government is not always the solution”? Really? I think of patriotism as love of country. Sometimes govt is part of the solution, sometimes not. Since she doesn’t know what patriotism is, I don’t think she’s patriotic!
  • 9:20 PM There goes Biden again. Facts, facts, figures, and more facts.
  • 9:23 PM Ruh roh. Biden had trouble with the word “characterized.” When Palin gets entire countries wrong or something, the right-wingers will say that Biden had trouble too.
  • 9:25 PM Palin just said that in five weeks she hasn’t promised much. That’s either a lie or it’s astounding.
  • 9:26 PM I give props to the Palin debate prep team. She’s getting subjects and verbs in every sentence. Much different than her previous unscripted performances. Really, I’m impressed.
  • 9:28 PM Palin says that McCain is to be thanked for bipartisan efforts. As in not managing to get Republicans in Congress to vote for the bailout? This seems like one of those things that people say again & again until some people begin to believe it’s true. I’m not buying it.
  • 9:32 PM Palin: I don’t want to argue about the causes of climate change. Right. That’s because they’re mostly related to a consumer economy and to petrochemicals in particular. Will Biden let her get away with this?
  • 9:33 PM Biden says it! “If you don’t understand the cause, it’s very hard to fix the problem.” Good point. And Palin says…?
  • 9:35 PM Did Palin just say “nucular?”
  • 9:37 PM Biden speaks in favor of gay/lesbian rights. “Absolutely.” Same Constitutional rights.
  • 9:39 PM Palin wants to support “traditional definition of marriage.” Would that include running for public office when you have a special needs infant at home? Putting your pregnant teenage daughter into the spotlight? (I’d say the same thing of a male candidate, by the way.)
  • 9:42 PM I’ve been told I might get a “smackdown” for the last comment. To clarify: I think anyone — male or female — should put family before career. That means different things to different people, but I don’t think a particularly rough time at home is the right time for anyone to take on a major new job.
  • 9:43 PM Palin says that Biden wants a “white flag of surrender” in Iraq. Wha?
  • 9:44 PM OK, Palin just scored a couple of good zingers on Biden. Good extraction of pre-veep quotes against him. Nicely played, Sarah!
  • 9:47 PM Couldn’t catch it. I think she is saying “nucular.”
  • 9:47 PM I think you should be able to pronounce that word before you are handed the launch codes.
  • 9:49 PM Palin thinks people America because of our freedom. Spoken like someone who has never been outside the US.
  • 9:51 PM I’m afraid Palin might be winning this thing by default. Expectations were so low for her that her new ability to speak in complete sentences will be seen as a rhetorical victory.
  • 9:53 PM Palin on Israel — avoiding a “second Holocaust.” Wow. Building our embassy in Jerusalem. Zoinks! Uncritical support of the State of Israel. Dangerous.
  • 9:55 PM Palin wants to avoid “looking backwards” and the “blame game.” OK, Sarah, let’s see you be the change you want to see.
  • 9:55 PM Palin: “We both love Israel.” I bet they both like chocolate too. And apple pie.
  • 9:57 PM Palin: nucular weaponry is a deterrent. OK. Answer the question: when will you push the button?
  • 9:58 PM Palin wants a surge in Afghanistan. Here’s a thought. If we hadn’t spent $600 billion in Iraq, maybe we’d have had enough money to finish the Afghanistan job in the first place.
  • 9:59 PM Biden quotes commander from Afghanistan: surge won’t work there. And your response to that, Sarah?
  • 10:01 PM Grammar. A clear casualty here. RIP.
  • 10:02 PM Biden: Bosniaks?
  • 10:02 PM Last comment proves that I’ll bust any accidental neologisms on a nonpartisan basis.
  • 10:04 PM Palin: doesn’t understand how Biden could change his mind. Here’s a news flash: if you are a thoughtful person, sometimes you change your mind. It happens. Flip-flopping is not a sign of weakness. It’s often a sign of thinking.
  • 10:06 PM Palin won’t answer the charge that McCain has been wrong from day one on the war. She always goes after Biden. Ironic for someone who wants to stay clear of the blame game.
  • 10:08 PM OMG. They both have to talk about being a heartbeat away from the presidency. I shudder at the thought.
  • 10:09 PM I’m watching the CNN line thingy on my computer. Can someone tell me why they never seem to dip into negative territory?
  • 10:10 PM Palin, when asked about her readiness and plan to take over has POTUS, starts talking about ANWR. Here’s my question: can she see Russia from her house?
  • 10:11 PM Palin: “say it ain’t so, Joe.” I wonder how long she planned that one?
  • 10:13 PM The 7WD DTT (debate transciption team) has this Palin gem: “our schools really need to be ramped up in terms of the funding that they are deserving”
  • 10:14 PM Palin wants more authority for the veep, “in working with the Senate.” What would that be? How could the veep possibly have more authority than the current neither-executive-nor-legislative veep.
  • 10:17 PM Palin is glad the Constitution allows flexibility for the veep. I didn’t know that flexible was a synonym for lawless.
  • 10:17 PM Biden: Cheney has been the most dangerous veep in the history of the US. Tell us what you really think, please.
  • 10:18 PM Biden just said Cheney’s concept of veep power is “bizarre.” I’m glad someone finally said that in public.
  • 10:20 PM “American exceptionalism.” Spoken, again, like someone who hasn’t traveled much. Don’t get me wrong, I love this country. But we have a lot to learn from the rest of the world.
  • 10:22 PM 7WD asks this question: which is more annoying, “maverick” or “nucular”?
  • 10:23 PM Can you imagine the nightmare scenario? “Mavurick”
  • 10:24 PM Final question: have you ever flip-flopped?
  • 10:25 PM Biden: yes, I have. Stuff on judicial appointments. Ideology matters, he realized.
  • 10:26 PM Palin: I passed budgets I didn’t like. But I’ve never changed my mind on a principle.
  • 10:26 PM Does that mean she’s still walking around with the worldview of a second grader?
  • 10:30 PM Palin: we’re going to fight for the middle class. How can she say that with a straight face?
  • 10:31 PM Biden: most important election ever. Say that again.
  • 10:31 PM I have just received the following summary of Palin’s entire debate arsenal: “freedom, freedom, blah blah blah fight for freedom blah”
  • 10:32 PM To that summary, I would add only this: “nucular maverick”
  • 10:33 PM So that’s it. I think this will probably be seen as a Palin victory because expectations were so low for her. Biden was already expected to be all smart and stuff.
  • 10:34 PM No big surprises here, I think.
  • 10:35 PM I think Biden did a slightly better job of answering the questions, rather than changing the subject.
  • 10:36 PM Here endeth the live blog. I want to thank the entire 7WD operation for all your good work tonight. May God bless the blogosphere.

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6 Responses

  1. Dee Tavolaro says:

    Forget this one man and one woman stuff for the “traditional image of marriage.” Let’s go back to the biblical image of marriage. Let’s look to Abraham, Issac, Jacob and so many other for our image on marriage. One man and many women.

  2. Dan says:

    Hey Scott, have you noticed that Palin changes the subject to something that she had a prepared sound bite for? As she’s referred to in the NYT: Snow Job, Square Glasses!

  3. Dan says:

    Hurrah – Chaney is the most dangerous VP someone finally said it!!!

  4. Dee Tavolaro says:

    I don’t get the CNN line thing. You’re right Scott, it is annoying.

  5. Jessica G. says:

    Biden was like totally smart and stuff and he can’t even see Russia from his house. It seemed like a good idea to turn Maverick in to a drinking game but I think I may have liver damage. G’night.

  6. Neva Rae Fox says:

    Thanks Scott. I totally enjoyed your ongoing overview. No matter if you think Joe won or Sarah won or no-one won — it was quite a show, wasn’t it?

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