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What Joe Biden Should Have REALLY Said to Sarah Palin! AKA Joe Biden’s Big Blown Opportunity!

7 Oct

Oddly enough professional and personal considerations made it impossible for me to watch either the first McCain-Obama debate or the VP debate.  Not to blow my own horn (OK, I AM blowing my own horn), but I did pretty much call the VP debate ahead of time.  It was all about expectations and as I predicted it was graded on a curve. 

Palin didn’t say anything that instantly confirmed for everyone her blatant unfitness for the job of being a heartbeat away…   And, Joe Biden managed to keep very focused on attacking John McCain while avoiding attacking Governor Palin as much as possible.  

Biden’s strategy seems to have worked if you believe polls.  Since the VP debate, the Democrats have opened up a bigger lead over their GOP rivals.  Good news for the Democrats to be sure, Sarah Palin didn’t blow up and somehow Obama is still farther ahead.  Yet, from all that I’ve read, there was one big time blown opportunity.

Sarah Palin threw Joe Biden a big fat fastball straight over the plate and Joe Biden kept the bat glued on his shoulder.   It came up when the topic of Iraq and the support of the troops was being discussed.  Sarah Palin chastised Biden for voting against a particular Iraq funding bill and basically said she couldn’t believe he’d voted that way given that he has a son in the National Guard.

I realize that a critical point for Biden was to avoid seeming like a bully, sexist or condescending toward Palin.  But, when someone basically questions the kind of father you’ve been, especially given the Biden family history of overcoming a tragic accident that came close to claiming the entire Biden family, you’ve got to respond.  America, in that moment and with that context, would have understood Joe Biden cutting Sarah Palin in two.

Americans want their politicians to speak to the issues but to speak with passion.  Not Howard Dean “yee-haw” crazy passion, but passionate belief in their positions and how they relate to improving the lives of the rest of us.  Joe Biden MISSED a huge chance to do that and to put Sarah Palin in a terrible spot in the process.

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Let’s say yours truly was inside Biden’s head…. Here’s how the exchange goes down:

SARAH PALIN – I don’t know how, you with a son in the National Guard, could have voted for that bill  (or something like that – NOT AN EXACT QUOTE HERE)

JOE BIDEN (with me in his head) – “Now, Governor Palin,  I need to stop you right there.  I know we have different views and I know the America people want to hear us talk about them.  But, there are things that are over the line.  Bringing my son into this to score a cheap political point is less than what the America people expect of us and of YOU.  I will debate you on any point you chose to bring up.  I owe the voters that.  I will NOT however stand here and debate you on my fitness as a father or my love for my children.

I love my son.  As I’m sure you do yours.  I’m proud of him and I’m proud of his service.  I’m also proud of our troops that have sacrificed so much in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I have a record of consistently supporting them.  I find it truly sad that the only way you feel you can debate that record is to tarnish it by suggesting that I’m somehow not a good enough father.  I would hope that you would refrain from personal attacks moving forward so that we can get back to the real issues Americans want us to talk about.  Including how to get all our troops, your son and mine, home from Iraq as soon and as safely as possible”

At the end of the exchange, I imagine Palin sputtering, possibly weakly defending herself as never having meant to insinuate that Biden wasn’t a good dad.  All over America, voters are wondering “how could she?” or “she went too far” or “she is just too nasty”.

We’ll never know, of course, because Biden didn’t seize the moment.  But, I’m suspecting that the polls would’ve have only shown a greater swing to Obama-Biden…

What do you think??

Sarah Palin’s Big Advantage Over Joe Biden! (Re-Post)

30 Sep

Reposting this as so many people are clicking on the original post now that the debate is upon us.  For those of you who have seen this already… Sorry!

When I first heard about the surprise GOP VP pick, I quickly read as much as possible about her and the pick on the web.  One major news site had some analysis up that basically said that Joe Biden would likely wipe the floor with her during the their debate this fall.  Especially, the commentary went on, in the arena of foreign affairs.

For the record, I think that Sarah Palin has a big advantage in the VP Debate.  Does anyone remember the chatter prior to the Bush-Gore debates?  The basic conceit was that frankly George W. Bush wasn’t the same caliber egghead as Al Gore.  So, it was reasoned, it would be perfectly understandable if Gore did better.  So long as George W didn’t come off as completely unprepared to be president, he’d end up with a winning grade in a lot of people’s books.  And, indeed, he did.

Anyone can be super smart.  Not just anyone can get people to believe they should be president or vice president. The Gore-Bush debates proved that political debates are about way more than intellect.   This is especially true when you’re doing it live in front of millions of people.  Suddenly, the ability to connect, the ability to impress as someone viewers and voters feel comfortable with, humor and luck all come into play.  Not to mention the candidates looks.

My suspecion is that a similar line of thinking will play out in the run up to the Veep debate.  Unless Palin is damaged goods at that point due to the various issues hanging over her candidacy, I think people will just need to see her be OK.

Furthermore, there’s the man woman thing.  Given Washington’s old boy culture and Biden’s long time membership in it, he simply can’t be seen as being dismissive or mean-spirited towards Governor Palin.  For Senator Biden, it’s going to be all about the tone. He has to press his points aggressively but not go over those lines.

Oh, and by the way, Joe Biden can’t mess up in the debate.  The whole reason he’s on the ticket is to bring experience.  Should he blow a response, it will be remembered.  He’s got to be perfect.

That’s not the case on the GOP side.  If Sarah Palin messes up, she’ll just be graded on a curve.

Even George Will Says Sarah Palin Isn’t Ready! (Video)

30 Sep

If Conservatives don’t believe me, maybe they’ll believe George Will!

Eve Ensler And Other Feminists Are All Wrong On Sarah Palin!

27 Sep

As regular readers of this blog have certainly figured out, I’m no stone age kind of guy.  I am all for women’s rights.  I saw a post from a leading feminist recently, however, that I could NOT disagree with more.

Here’s the blog I found the Eve Ensler post on:
http://hippiemeg.wordpress.com/2008/09/26/eve-ensler-on-sarah-palin/

Please read through and then come on back here.

OK, are you back?  Good!  (Knew I could count on you!)

Anyway, here’s the deal as I see it.  Feminist ought to be about giving women the right to express themselves however they see fit and to believe whatever they believe.  I’m in total agreement with Ensler that Sarah Palin is in no way, shape or form ready to be vice president or for that matter president of this here U.S. of A.

But, it’s not because Sarah Palin has betrayed her sisters.  It’s because she’s way under-qualified.  I’d say the same if Palin had a penis.

Reading through Ensler’s commentary, I couldn’t believe how someone who is clearly passionate about women’s rights would deny them of one very basic right.  Women should be able to make up their minds.  Sarah Palin wants to pull polar bears off the endangered species list, she’s a hunter and wants to “drill, drill, drill.”  I oppose her on almost all of her positions.  But that said, I respect her right to them.

Eve Ensler does not.  Eve Ensler seems to think all women should think a like.   Eve Ensler wants to deny her right to think for herself.  Is that the answer?

How is that progress?  How about just voting against her?

There’s a million legitimate reasons to be against Sarah Palin.  The fact that she’s not a feminist in the narrow way that Eve Ensler defines feminism and the feminist agenda, is NOT one of them.

Good day to all my sisters out there!

Respectfully,

Tidewater J.

Sarah Palin Scores Again! There’s No Stopping Her In Interviews!

25 Sep

Ok, full disclosure, this post’s title was meant as sarcasm.  In fact, the Palin pick is what moved me from undecided and open to John McCain to very very unlikely to vote for McCain.  She is simply not ready.

Decided for yourself.  Here’s more evidence.  Here’s a link to a piece of her interview with Katie Couric:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4476649n

Couple of quick thoughts:

Do you think she’s coming back with any more evidence for Katie of John McCain siding with regulation over de-regulation?  What a strange year this has been when the GOP is having to go anti-deregulation and the Democrats are letting off shore drilling bans expire.

I know some of you (on the right) will be busy going off on the liberal media bias as a reason for her less than stellar performance.  But she’s underperformed in two of the three interviews she’s sat through so far.  Imagine what would happen if she actually allowed the press to give her questions on daily basis?   And let’s not forget that the one interview she did ok in was with Sean Hannity, who never met a Republican he couldn’t throw softballs to.

So, if Sarah Palin can’t handle Charlie Gibson or Katie Couric, do we think she’s up to dealing with the leaders of Iran, Korea and Russia (to name a few) should something (god forbid!) happen to a hypothetical President McCain?

PS – Will she ever stop referring to John McCain by his full name.  Just once I’d like to hear her say “you know, John and I have been discussing that…”  Is it too much to ask that a potential VP be on a first name basis with her presidential running mate?

GOP’s Shocking Dissappearing Act! AKA WTF Does John McCain Have Against My Blog?

25 Sep

So, today brought another surprise from John McCain.  Now, he’s going to show us how he’s large and in charge of Wall Street’s financial crisis.  McCain announced that he’s planning on suspending his campaign to go back to Washington DC to help hammer out a bi-partisan resolution to the proposed financial bail out.  And oh, by the way, unless a deal is reached before Friday (mere hours from now) he’s saying he’s not going to debate Barack Obama after all on Friday night.

Here are my immediate impressions:

Is it me or is a lot of the Republican campaign this year based on just not being around?  First, you have Sarah Palin’s refusal to talk to almost any reporters.  Always a good sign when your future VP is thought so inexperienced that she can’t handle the press corps.  And now, McCain has figured out a way to duck Obama perhaps not so coincidentally just as the polls were starting to head back in Obama’s favor. 

The right is calling it putting country first and believe that after 26 years of pushing for deregulation that he’s now committed to being part of fixing a mess (he helped create in some part in my opinion) over his ambition to win the White House.  The left is calling it a cynical move for a failing candidate who is looking for headlines as his poll numbers are falling.  Frankly it could be a bit of each.

But that said, I am struck by the McCain campaign’s seeming lack of faith in their candidates.  Between hiding Palin, then dumbing down the debate format for her and now John McCain suddenly bailing on the first debate, it sure appears like there’s a lack of confidence in what they’re selling.

Whether that’s true or not, I think it’s now beyond debating that John McCain does have an impulsive maverick streak in him.  He’s a risk taker.  He took a gamble when he went with Sarah Palin.  Now, he’s taking a risk by rushing to DC and bagging out on the first debate.  You may not agree with John McCain and you may not believe that his maverick-ness wil lead him to change the culture in Washington, but you just can’t deny a McCain presidency would certainly have entertainment value.  We’re seeing John McCain’s decision making process.  There’s an impulsiveness and he clearly enjoys the big surprise move (but who doesn’t?).  Whether that makes him best suited to lead our nation we will each have to make our own decision on.

Finally, I think McCain is out to get this blog.  Seriously.  He’s forever throwing a wrench into my plans.  I had my DVR all set and was certain I wasn’t missing a minute of Friday’s toe to toe match up.  It clearly was going to be a big moment in the campaign and I wanted to be able to spout off on all of it, the drama, the good lines the lines that didn’t work, who did what right and who did what wrong.

Now, of course, I’ll be busy trying to scrounge up some topic or other to ramble on about.  It might even be good.  Check back on Friday to be sure!

But, it won’t be the same…

Now, it

What The Patriots Loss Teaches Us About The Presidential Election!

24 Sep

In case you’re not a football fan or just blanked out this weekend, the New England Patriots lost their first game in almost TWO years.  Not only did they lose it.  They got routed.

Worse yet, it wasn’t at the hands of the Colts, Chargers or even the Giants (we’ve seen that one already:)

It was at the hands of the lowly Dolphins.  You might remember them.  At the same time as the Pats were looking to match the ’72 Dolphins perfect season, the ’07 version of the Dolphins was looking for some history of their own only it wasn’t the good kind. 

And how did this happen?  Well, for one BIG thing, Tom Brady wasn’t at the helm.  Matt Cassel, who oddly enough hadn’t started a game before this year since high school, stepped in for the injured Brady.  The results weren’t good to say the least.

Anybody get where I’m going here??  Let’s say that America is the Patriots.  And, although many may not agree, let’s say for the sake of argument that John McCain becomes the Tom Brady presidential equivalent.  Sarah Palin fits in nicely as the not ready for prime time understudy.  She is Matt Cassel.

Matt Cassel was thrilled to be part of the Patriots, I’m sure.  He’s worked hard and he’s a good guy, but I’m sure even he never seriously envisioned a situation in which the Pats’ fate would come down to his hands.  And yet… IT HAS.

What if Sarah Palin has to step up like Matt Cassel?  Does America really want to trust our national QB spot to Sarah Palin?  Do we want to end up getting whooped up on like the Pats did this past Sunday?  I’m guessing no.

Let me put this another way.   For the past several weeks, Sarah Palin has been kept largely away from the press and has (we’re told) been busy cramming.

Even Matt Cassel was allowed to take questions when he stepped in for Tom Brady.  And like Sarah Palin, Matt Cassel, I’m sure, crammed his brain out.  We saw the results on Sunday.

Does America at this point deserve a president who needs to cram?

Sure Palin isn’t running for president, but then again the Pats didn’t anticipate Tom Brady being done for the season either.

If he gets elected, I’ll be saying a special prayer for John McCain’s health each night so that Sarah Palin will have more time to cram.

But don’t we need and deserve more?

John McCain Let Me Down & Is Messing Up My Blog!

13 Sep

For regular readers or those ambitious enough to go through the Full Contact archives, you will notice a clear change in the tone of this blog. 

When I started writing this blog 846 years ago, I did so with the belief that both parties are the problem.  I still, by the way, believe that to be true.  I’ve been upfront, however, that I’ve always gone for Democrats in presidential years.  But, I was also equally frank about being open this year to moving out of the Democratic column.  Repeatedly, I’ve stated my intention of staying undecided until after the debates.  And technically, I’m still undecided.

I do NOT mean this blog to be an instrument of the Obama campaign now or ever.

All that said, my open door to John McCain has gotten dangerously close to being shut.  You can look at my blog entries and it’s clear as day.  Once September rolls around, you’ll notice that most of my posts are not so favorable to Senator McCain’s campaign.

Why the change?  One word… PALIN

I’m absolutely not a male chauvinist or sexist, although on a side note, I am quite sexy.  Be that as it may, I believe America is ready to elect a female president.  I believe a female chief executive, if it was the right one, would be a good thing for our country.  We guys have had more than our shot and as the father of a young daughter, I’d like her to see that women in this country can accomplish anything.

So, I’m not against Sarah Palin due to her gender.

It’s no secret John McCain is a self-styled maverick.  His unpredictability and willingness to buck his own party (although  both way over hyped) drew me to him.  And I truly believe he’d be a much better president than the one currently keeping the seat warm.

But, in picking Sarah Palin, the political maverick in all likelihood lost this maverick undecided voter.  It was a reckless thing to do.  She’s not ready.  She gave a good performance at the convention.  But, in her first interview with a major news organization, it was obvious the cramming didn’t bring her grade up to a passing standard.

Sarah Palin has very limited experience in governance.  She actually seems to know much less about foreign affairs that many average joes and janes that I speak to about such things.  IT’S NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK THAT SARAH PALIN HAVE A BETTER GRIP ON MOST ISSUES THAT JOE Q PUBLIC.  JOURNALISTS ASKING THE QUESTIONS AREN’T THE PROBLEM.  Sarah Palin is the problem.

She has distorted her record on the bridge to nowhere.  She claims now to be against pork, but gobbled it up while serving as mayor of her town.

But if even all that weren’t true, even if she were up to the job and had a truly excellent record of service,   her views just aren’t anywhere near my own.  She’s against almost any abortion rights (I’m no abortion fan, but don’t want to see it illegalized so that poor women and girls can once again die in back alleys).  She doesn’t seem to believe that humans play a major role in the climate change we’re going through. And just barely on the job, she’s busy provoking Russia.

I keep going back & forth on the political grade to give the Palin pick.  She has surely sealed the deal with the GOP base.  But, she is driving me away.

Should McCain have picked someone to solidify his base or someone who could have pulled in undecided like me?  After all, who else was the GOP going to vote for this year?  McCain had a real opportunity with me that he just might have blown.  If other undecided are going through the same process as me, that could spell real trouble for Senator McCain.

Guess we won’t know for sure until November.

In the meantime, I plan to stay officially undecided until after the debates, as was my original plan or maybe it’s God’s plan (I’d have to ask the aforementioned Ms. Palin to be sure).  Sorry, that was another Palin dig.

Don’t blame me.  John McCain made me do it.

PS – You have my pledge that no matter who is elected I will write about what I perceive to be their good and bad moves from my original POV that BOTH parties are the problem.

What Would This John McCain Say To The John McCain That Picked Palin??

13 Sep

WOW!  This right up there with Joe Biden’s “Obama’s not ready moment”…

Remember way back when John McCain was busy telling us experience meant something??

John McCain Owes Us Better Than Sarah Palin! Here’s Proof!

13 Sep

John McCain served his country beyond honorably.  There’s no debate.  He’s clearly a real live true American hero.  As often stated here, America owes John McCain big time.  But he’s still got to earn the presidency.

And if you’re running for president, you owe America more than someone who makes Americans yearn for the days of Dan Quayle.

The simple fact is that in naming Sarah Palin as his running mate, Senator McCain put his personal ambition above what’s best for America.  So much for “Country First”, but Sarah Palin has certainly served him well so far.  She’s been a home run for McCain as Palin has the GOP’s core all fired up and seems to have brought on board many more undecided women than I would have ever thought possible. 

The first question, is will she continue to serve McCain well?

The second question is can she serve America well?  Is she ready to be president? 

The simple answer to both questions is no.  She’s just not ready for prime time.  If she can’t convince Americans that she’s ready to be our commander in chief, I bet you’ll see the enthusiasm among swing voters die down.  And as much as she’s energized the GOP base, I believe the scare she’s thrown into the Democratic leaning independents will have them rallying back to Obama and bringing there friends and family.

Either way, it’s going to be a very tight race.  And now onto the proof of Palin’s not being up to the job!

Click on the video below to see ABC’s Charlie Gibson talk foreign policy with Sarah Palin. 

The highlights for me are: 

“The Bush Doctrine” – 8 seconds “In what respect?”, 15 seconds “his world view”– She doesn’t know what it is & clearly stalls for time like some college student who crammed for the final after skipping class for the whole semester.  Ask yourself if Joe Lieberman, Tom Ridge or even Mitt Romney would have been able to answer this question.

“Our Right to invade” at 1 min, 19 secs – could just be a verbal gaffe but she talks about American forces invading Pakistan.  My perception is she’s just not too clear on what we are doing on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border and she’s trying hard not to misspeak.

“Right to invade” part two – whether a gaffe or not, notice that she simply won’t answer the question.  Again, my perception is she clearly isn’t up to speed

Gibson rude at 2 min, 7 sec – He simply didn’t have to go to the “I’m getting lost in a blizzard of words” thing when he was calling her on not answering the question about American forces crossing into Pakistan.  Clearly he’s being rude or flippant at best.  However, as much as GOP types squawk about the treatment, it won’t change the fact that they set her up for this by nominating her for a job over her head.

Remember that as much as she gave a great performance at the GOP Convention, she didn’t actually write the speech.  It wasn’t something she created.  I was a speech that had been written way in advance for a presumed male VP nominee.  Palin did a good job delivering it no doubt, but nothing more.  People in general and press coverage too seem to give her credit for so much more than a good acting job before a home town crowd.

Let’s see how Palin stands up to real scrutiny. 

So far, she struck out in her first real time at bat.

PS – for more of the Charlie Gibson interiew go here:
http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=5783816