Sen. Joe Biden, the vice presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, was on CNN, MSNBC and even Fox News discussing the debate and offering analysis. Sen. Biden looked vice presidential and confident in his words and records as he went on the major cable networks for interviews. Meanwhile, Gov. Sarah Palin is still being hidden by the Republicans. How can people be confident that Gov. Palin is ready to be vice president of the United States when she is still being shielded from the media and managed so carefully by the campaign team of Sen. John McCain. Is this a form of sexism that the Republicans wanted her on the ticket, but now seem to not respect her enough to let her go out and face the music without all of these ridiculous conditions? How bad do the Republicans look when Sen. Obama knows he does not have to shield Sen. Biden from the mainstream media because he is supremely confident his vice presidential candidate can confidently conduct himself. Meanwhile, Gov. Sarah Palin is essentially on the back of a political milk carton.
Archive for September 27, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama was masterful in his approach to dealing with Sen. John McCain during the first presidential debate at the University of Mississippi, in Oxford. Sen. Obama repeatedly spoke of his agreements with Sen. McCain on some of the issues. Some people have taken it as a sign of weakness, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it showed Sen. Obama’s ability to reach across the political aisle to complement people and concede when those on the other side are doing things the right way. Most important of all, it was a smart strategy for Sen. Obama to connect with the independent voters who detest political partisanship and want someone who is focusing more on the issues and less on gotcha politics. I think that is one of the reasons that Sen. Obama looked far more presidential in this debate that was supposed to play to Sen. McCain’s supposed strengths relative to foreign policy. Sen. McCain was extremely condescending to Sen. Obama by repeating lines like “he just doesn’t understand.” That was something that did not play well with even some of the regular voters that even Fox News interviewed for debate analysis … on FOX NEWS! About the only people who felt that Sen. McCain won and looked more presidential were the usual highly-conservative pundits on Fox News and the people in Sen. McCain’s camp (now free to jump back into politics as apparently the Arizona senator’s campaign is running again … since he decided to show up in Mississippi for this debate).
Sen. Barack Obama went confidently on Sen. John McCain’s political turf (a debate at the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, largely centered on foreign policy) an had a strong performance … one this blogger believes he solidly won. Of course, our “friends” at Fox News Channel shockingly see it the other way, but are we really surprised by that? I think not. Most of what I took in from the post-debate coverage was from CNN to get a more unbiased perspective (or at least more balanced perspective) on how Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain performed in this first presidential debate (one that Sen. McCain was gracious enough to show up to). Sen. Obama was strong and decisive in his comments. It was noticeable to me that he talked many times directly to Sen. McCain who looked away, looked at moderator Jim Lehrer, looked at the crowd and looked down at his podium. Sen. Obama was confident and well-versed on foreign policy and looked very presidential. There is no doubt in my mind that Sen. Obama won the debate (although I do concede that McCain had a strong finish). McCain appeared far too condescending, angry at times and rattled as he fumbled over mispronounced names of the Pakistan president and the Iranian president. It was interesting to me to listen to the conservative panel on Fox News Channel declare Sen. McCain the winner and ignore some of his pronunciation gaffes, the fact that he said the Iraq war would be quick and easy, that we knew where the (still yet-to-be-found) weapons of mass destruction were located and so on and so forth. Sen. Obama was strong, he was level-headed, he was well-prepared, and his delivery was very strong.
You know you’re in trouble, as the Republican nominee for the vice presidency, when someone as rabidly-conservative as Kathleen Parker is firing criticisms at you. But, that is precisely the position that Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for the vice presidency, finds herself in these days. Parker, who generally takes in, processes and spits out Republican talking points like a machine, has shown that even some on the right wing are becoming increasingly concerns with the viability of Gov. Palin, whose popularity and approval ratings are plummeting. “Some of the passionately feminist critics of Palin who attacked her personally deserved some of the backlash they received. But circumstances have changed since Palin was introduced as just a hockey mom with lipstick – what a difference a financial crisis makes – and a more complicated picture has emerged. As we’ve seen and heard more from John McCain’s running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn’t know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion.” Here is a final comment from Parker on Gov. Palin, “Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.”
Fox News Channel’s Steve Doocy again has shown his anti-Democrat, pro-Sen. John McCain bias and he has done it at the expense of decency on the conservative cable network. Doocy repeatedly interrupted his “liberal” guest and all but applauded his “conservative guest. After repeated interruptions of the one guest he then turned around and called the “liberal” guest rude when he had the nerve to do the same thing later in the segment. Is Doocy so crazy that he could not remember rudely interrupting his guest only to turn around in crazy fashion and criticize the previously interrupted guest for being rude and interrupting? We know that Fox News is the network conservatives follow, but the hosts could at least pretend to try and show some drop of objectivity in their presentation. Doocy and his morning crew have sacrificed any claim to objectivity the Fox News Channel ever had. This is the same network that, in almost clinically-psychotic fashion, then turns around and routinely calls other networks, Web sites and newspapers biased. It’s unbelievable. Once again, our friends at Fox News Hounds were all over this one.
News Hounds on blatant Doocy bias:
Republican Gov. Sarah Palin, of Alaska, clearly is in over her head in her candidacy for vice president of the United States of America. Even some Republicans are beginning to splinter off and see the all-too-ugly truth that Gov. Palin is nowhere near prepared to serve as president of the United States and the thought of her being one step away from the presidency is a thought that is nothing short of chilling. Unfortunately, it’s probably too late for Gov. Palin to bail out of a spot she should never have allowed herself to be put in to begin. The latest example of Gov. Palin’s lack of preparedness to be vice president of the United States was on full display during her recent interview with Katie Couric. Now, being a smooth talker does not necessarily equate to being presidential or vice presidential. However, being or appearing ill-prepared for even the most common questions (delivered with authority) should not be enough to knock someone off stride – someone in the mix to possibly become vice president of the country. CNN’s Jack Cafferty was one of many people quick to point out Gov. Palin’s struggles, struggles he termed “disastrous,” in a commentary. Said Cafferty to CNN colleague Wolf Blitzer, “There’s a reason the McCain campaign keeps Governor Palin away from the press.” I wonder if people will heed this warning, from Cafferty, as documented by Huffington Post, “If John McCain wins this woman will be one 72-year-old’s heartbeat away from being President of the United States. And if that doesn’t scare the hell out of you, it should.”