“As a citizen of Virginia, let me say that Goode is an embarrassment and the sooner he's gone, the happier many people will be. He represents the worst of the "Old South," with his xenophobia and thinly disguised racism. Good riddance to Goode.
“The political wedding between McCain and Palin was a disaster waiting to happen. Now we're witnessing an ugly, public divorce. Palin is presenting herself as the victim of the press and unnamed enemies within the campaign. To his credit, McCain is staying silent on this. Otherwise, this is another ugly celebrity divorce.
Palin over-reached and now she's paying the price. Unfortunately, her children and even her state are also paying the price.
“Palin has used the campaign to launch her political career outside Alaska; McCain probably can't wait to shed her after Tuesday. All things considered the campaign has no interest in apologizing for Monegan's shabby treatment by the Palins. They don't apologize for any of the outlandish distortions perpetrated by the campaign.
For her part, Palin is all about Palin. There's no remorse there because she's convinced she's always right, no matter evidence to the contrary.
“Palin's leadership is dubious at best and I wouldn't vote for her on a bet. But $50K isn't all that much. My state just spent millions updating the capital. Money well spent? I don't know, but it makes $50,000 seem like chump change.
Soon she'll be back in Anchorage measuring for new drapes to enjoy while she spends her next two years in political exile, waiting for 2012. Buh-bye, Sarah.
“One would have thought that even a cursory vetting of Palin would have confirmed what many Alaskans have observed for the two years of Palin's governorship: that she's petty, self-aggrandizing, and intellectually shallow. I'm looking forward to the tepid or downright hostile homecoming she faces in a couple of weeks. I'm also looking forward to seeing whether she can rehabilitate herself within the party and her state. I'm guessing she won't.
“OK...so I've lived here for over 25 years, paid lots of taxes, voted, tried to protect the Bay, helped put two people through Virginia universities, taught at the university level, worked for the state, consulted free with the state...do I qualify as a "real" Virginian or is that designation reserved for tobacco-chewing morons?
“Maudlin, jingoistic sentimentality...in 2008? Apparently so. If that's what passes as thought-provoking campaigning I'm glad I didn't attend her rally when she was in town. Trust me, it was just a fleeting thought.
Apparently, weeks of declining favorability ratings and a slide in the polls has not convinced the campaign that this kind of rhetoric is, stay with me here, NOT WORKING. But, suit yourself. We'll see how it pays off on 11/4.
“That tight smile made me think of a baby with bad gas...or someone with constipation.
Content-wise it was a slightly better performance from McCain than in the first two debates, but stylistically he as annoying, interrupting Obama and coming across as snarky at times. And what's with these silly, gratuitious comments? There's nothing smooth about McCain. He's like 20 miles of bad road.
“Virginia has changed a lot since I first moved here in the early '80s. Still, everyone scrambles to be more conservative than his/her opponent. Even today you'll hear TV ads from local candidates for office claiming to be "true conservatives." The word has gotten so overused it no longer has any real meaning. And "liberal?" Don't use the word publicly unless you want scorn and derision. Even "moderate" raises eyebrows.
Northern Virginia, a truly diverse area, has been dominating state politics for a number of years. NOVA elected Mark Warner and now Tim Kaine. Warner is going to waltz into the senate on a 2-1 margin, at least partially because his Republican opponent, also a former governor, is an idiot.
The fact that Obama is not only competitive but also a strong possibility to take the state is testimony to the shifts in population and values in Virginia. And I'm loving it...
What struck me about the moment was that Biden was IN the moment while in front of 70 million people. His emotions were genuine. In that fraction of a second he was not on stage, he was with his family. His opponent seemed not to notice in her rush to make her next point before it evaporated from her head.
Biden's emotions don't magically qualify him for VP; they do emphasize his humanity, and THAT reassures me about his authenticity as a father and person. I want those qualities in someone that represents me.
“I think we may be witnessing the collapse of the McPalin campaign. Pulling out of Michigan, there's talk of pulling out of Pennsylvania, the afterglow of Sarah Palin has faded, the polls for Obama head north... It will be interesting to see if the collapse picks up speed as the election approaches.
Lest we get too smug, however, Obama will be inheriting a bad economy, two wars, high unemployment, a flat housing market and low consumer confidence. The task will be enormous. It's important that those of us who support him now also support him once he's in office and the "fun" of the campaign is over. That's when the real work will start.
“I enjoy Rachel thoroughly. She's smart as a whip, funny and not as snarky as Olbermann, although I like a little snark with my politics. She obviously thinks well on her feet and doesn't need a script.
To try to discredit her opinions because of her sexual orientation reveals how bankrupt her detractors are. If you don't like her politics or opinions, fine. Watch or don't watch. Her sexuality is a non-issue except to homophobes.
“I suspect there's a huge difference between debating about topics and issues with which you're intimately familiar (e.g., from your home state) and issues of national import, such as foreign and domestic policy, which are far more complex and change rapidly. Skills in one forum don't necessarily translate into success in another.
While I wouldn't want the Obama camp to underestimate Palin, her appearances so far suggest that she has not yet learned all that much. Were I her, the very first things I would learn would be arguments supporting my selection. However, statements like "you can see Russia from Alaska therefore I have foreign policy experience" are hardly indicative of concentrated study.
Still, I can't wait. I've got the popcorn popper standing by...
“I think Biden should just present his opinions and answer the questions posed to the candidates, rather than challenge or question Palin, which too many people will see as "sexism" rather than rhetorical strategy. Ignoring Palin will be more telling than attacking her, implying that she's simply a non-player.
Palin will likely implode on stage without any help from her opponent. Her brief forays onto the national stage so far remind me of a student called on in class who knows some big words, but can't put them together into a meaningful answer.
If the debate goes poorly for Palin on Thursday, and I suspect it will, that could have a bigger impact on polls than the first presidential debate. Palin's credentials and McCain's judgment will finally be exposed for all to see.
“I agree with you, Nikonicus. I think Biden would be wise to set a high tone and a high standard. Keep answers brief and to the point, and let Palin suffer more by comparison than by direct challenge from Biden. She is not up to this task, or to high national office.”
johnie2xs on Sep 27, 2008 at 11:16:15
“I like your idea of non engagement, Nik, but here's how I think the right wing wackos will spin it.......
"Sen Biden, last night, showed the demeaning elitism of the Left by not showing the respect to Gov Palin that she deserves as the Republican nominee for the Vice Presidency. Despite the MSM's constant drubbing of Gov. Palin's supposed lack of gravitas, Gov. Palin's performance at least deserved honest and respectful engagement which apparently Sen. Biden was not capable of. Gov. Palin's bone fides on the woeld stage, are unassailable, especially when looked at in the context of international awareness given the proximity of Alaska to both Russia and Canada. If Sen. Biden were truly the leader, he presumes to be, he would have at least engaged Gov. Palin in a manner commensurate with her office."