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Gosh Darn It, Palin Didn't Self-Destruct

Bill Katovsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Katovsky

Palin is to "Wheel of Fortune" what Biden is to "Jeopardy." Around and around, her Hamster-wheel arguments travel, before slowly clicking into a predictable slot. Ad infinitum. Ad nauseum.

Vice Presidential Debate Ratings: 69.9 Million Total, ABC, Fox News Win, MSNBC Tanks

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Update: The final numbers are in: 69.9 million viewers watched the Vice Presidential debate, making it the most watched debate since 1992 and the most...

Ace Pundits Blow Debate Analysis (Yet Again)

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

It's not just conservatives like Bill Kristol, Peggy Noonan and David Brooks who have lowered the bar so far that even a grasshopper could not limbo under it.

This Week in Blackness Episode #9 - about the VP Debate

Elon James White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elon James White

With this episode, Comedian Elon James White talks about the vice presidential debate and interviews watchers of the showdown at Drinking Liberally debate party.

Palin Got Troop Levels In Iraq Wrong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Palin got her numbers wrong on troop levels when she said that troops were now down to "pre-surge" levels. The surge was announced in January 2007, at...

Gwen Ifill Responds To "Very Conservative Folks" On Oprah: "I Haven't Even Written The Barack Obama Chapter Yet"

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Gwen Ifill appeared on "Oprah" Friday to debrief following Thursday night's Vice Presidential debate, which she moderated. Oprah asked Ifill about th...

O'Biden vs. McPalin

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

It is now pretty clear that the vice presidential candidates will not be a deciding factor in this election, even though they each exceeded their low expectations for the debate.

Madam (Vice) President

Hooman Majd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hooman Majd

Ms. Palin's well-rehearsed statements about Iran and its fiery president betrayed a real and fundamental lack of knowledge, and the larger issue of what the future of U.S.-Iranian relations might, or should, look like.

Biden Camp "Nothing Short Of Buoyant" Over Debate

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Following Thursday's one and only vice-presidential debate, the mood in the Biden camp was nothing short of buoyant as they bolted out of St. Louis in...

What the Palin-Biden Debate Really Told us

Carl Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Bernstein

Palin appeared to lack any semblance of the requisite depth, knowledge, or sense of history we should expect in a president or vice president. As a Republican former White House chief of staff said to me, "Palin is evidence of desperation; she is an embarrassment."

The Politics of War: Substance Rules Over Spin

James P. Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James P. Rubin

With our nation facing two hot wars abroad and an economic melt-down at home, substance matters. And when it came to substance, Senator Biden had a good night indeed.

Shakespearean Tragedy

Michael Showalter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Showalter

If last nights debate was a production of Macbeth the critics would have called it bad casting. "Why would anyone cast Heidi Montag in the role of Lady Macbeth?" They'd say.

You Betcha She's Doggone Cute

Erica Jong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Jong

Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro had ideas you could disagree with. But Sarah Palin is perky and inscrutable at once, you betcha. She talks. We listen but we have no idea what's been said.

McCain Camp Admits Palin Got Homeowner Protections Position Wrong

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sarah Palin got her facts wrong in Thursday's debate with Joe Biden when discussing where John McCain stands on new protections for homeowners facing ...

Jed Lewison

President Bush Slams John McCain's Pre-Debate Spin* | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Bush decries* what he calls "the soft bigotry of low expectations" emanating from Camp McCain as the Palin-Biden debate approaches: * Just kidding:...

Palin Channelling Reagan

Lisa Gans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gans

Will the press note that, in addition to spending the entirety of the debate regurgitating the seven or eight note cards worth of information in front of her, Sarah Palin actually plagiarized her final remarks?

What I Saw Inside The Debate Hall

A.J. Bockelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
A.J. Bockelman

It was very interesting to watch Palin when the camera was on Biden. On foreign policy and other points where she gave light answers, she was intently reviewing her notes on the podium.

Maron v. Seder...v. Me! Live-Streaming From Air America

Huffington Post. | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hello from Air America studios! I am about to go on Maron vs. Seder, the new just-launched web-stream-vidcast from Marc Maron and Sam Seder. Here's wh...

McCain Lost the VP Debate Too

Robert Shrum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Shrum

Sarah Palin has experience being a runner-up -- which will come in handy in November. Tonight she barely kept up. By any rational assessment, Palin wasn't up to the job.

Palin vs. Biden: For And Against Assault Weapons

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

When Charlie Gibson asked Gov. Sarah Palin last month whether she agreed with 70% of the American people who support a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons, she replied, "I do not."

A Spicier VP Debate Hits YouTube (VIDEO)

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Thursday's debate was a serious and substantive affair. With superb moderating by Gwen Ifill, the conversation stuck to policy-driven sparring, but the footage is already taking a different shape on YouTube.

Jason Linkins

MSNBC's Todd: Race, Polls At 'Tipping Point': 'This Should Really Scare The McCain Campaign' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On MSNBC this morning, in-house polling guru Chuck Todd told the Morning Joe panel that the race had reached a "tipping point," with tonight's vice-pr...

Senator Biden's Night

Madeleine Albright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine Albright

Tonight, Joe Biden showed why he is the right person for that job. On question after question, he demonstrated knowledge, careful thought, and a willingness to make hard decisions.

Jason Linkins

Palin Gets Afghanistan Commander's Name, Strategy Wrong | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sarah Palin gets wrong both the commanding general in Afghanistan's name and position. Watch: The commanding general in Afghanistan didn't merely...

Palin Wearing Flag Pin "The Size Of A Child's Fist"

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"Perhaps in an attempt to make up for the fact that John McCain neglected to wear a flag pin to last Friday's presidential debate," ThinkProgress note...