Helpfully, someone on YouTube took the time to split the entire debate up by question, posting each question as it’s own video. This makes it much easier for the rest of us to hone in on the points of the debate we thought were important. Go check it out, after you read this post, of course.
One thing that struck me quite clearly in the debate which did not get picked up yet in the mainstream media is Sarah Palin’s response to the question about what would change in a Palin Administration, should the elected president ever kick it:
The first half minute of her ninty second answer is largely prologue. She agrees what a tragedy it would be if either party’s president died, she banters on, making stall talk while she steers the ship where she wants it to go. She throws in the cheesy grin she’s known for and shrugs off the inevitable “mavrickiness” of her party’s ticket. She throws in a few bullet points about how John McCain really wants her opinion (sure he does, honey) and some crap about ANWAR.
Like I said: prologue. It’s pretty clear from the tone of her voice that this is all perfunctory stuff before she gets to what she really wants to talk about: herself. From here through the next fifty nine seconds, she talks about how Washington needs a little “Main Street Wasilla” in order to get it’s shit straight. Where everything else is halting and weird, once she starts talking about herself, she’s in the groove and you almost forget that she’s second banana.
You can almost see her leaving Grandpa McCain at her brother’s house while she goes off on her little National Lampoon’s Vacation:
Late Update: Sarah Palin, discussing the decision by the McCain Campaign to pull out of Michigan, says that if the McCain camp can’t do it all by themselves, why by golly, Todd and Sarah want to give it a try. ‘Cuz ya know, them McCain folks is messin up the works, doncha know. . .