Last night's vice-presidential debate wasn't a game-changer.Considering her reputation as a nitwit,all Sarah Palin had to do was speak in complete sentences,and she succeeded.And considering his reputation as a live wire,all Joe Biden had to do was avoid appearing like a sexist bully,and he succeeded.Both campaigns should be breathing a sigh of relief.
In a way,this isn't so bad: it should fall to the presidential candidates to close the deal,so it's nice to see that neither of the VP candidates blew themselves up.Still,while there was no death blow,it was abundantly clear that there was only one candidate onstage with the ability to be vice-president,and that was Joe Biden.
Palin started out strong—she's got that perky demeanor,and great little anecdotes.But it quickly became clear that she was clinging to the same old talking points—she chirped "Energy independence!" so often that it should have been a drinking game."Keep the government out of my life!" she cheered,oblivious to the fact that the events of the last several years have left most Americans nervous about how little the government seems to care.She knew nothing about Afghanistan,including who's in charge there;she didn't understand a question about Dick Cheney,reminding everyone once again that she's not the sharpest tool in the box—she doesn't seem to knowanypoliticians other than John McCain or Ronald Reagan.(And even there,she's off base:Reagan didn't say the "city on a hill line," woman!Graduate from9th-grade American history!) Yowza.
Biden started out slow but gathered a head of steam as the questions wore on—probably because he knows what he's talking about.Palin didn't answer questions because she couldn't,while Biden went off on Pakistan,Iran,education,and all sorts of other things that are looking more and more important as America continues its meltdown.And that's whyviewers said Biden won.We need an adult as second-in-command.