Note:  I watched the entire 90-minute debate, but only blogged “live” the first half (45 minutes) of it.

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Before the debate gets started, I just wanted to take a moment to relax and figure out again why this is a 3-ring circus… I guess I’ll never know.

A few things I do want to address once the debate is over are this new bailout plan, as well as the other issues the debaters will be focusing on.

Good luck, VP Debaters!

9:00 pm  Live from WAshington University… changed channel from ABC to NBC.  Yup, I’m all about loyalty….

9:01 pm  Oops… now I’m on FOX.  Gwen Ifill, a PBS anchor… and the moderator.  Domestic/Foreign Policy.

9:02 pm Palin and Biden take the stage…

9:03 pm They start with the bailout… so cool.  Biden seems kind of dry as he starts out this debate.  He’s definitely trying to build up Obama.   “Fundamentally change the focus of the economic policy.”  

9:05 pm  Is it bad that I want to smack Palin?  She immediately starts off by going to the soccer field and the “everyman.”  Does she even know anything about the “everyman”?  And she’s fluffing up McCain.  He suspended his own campaign… well, duh!  He’s trying to make himself look better.  But isn’t that the whole point of the campaign?  Anybody who knows me knows that I do not support the bailout plan.  I’m very much interested in personal responsibility… and this is not helping.

9:07 pm Genocide, Bosnia, violence against women.  AND Biden has Republican friends??? Wow.  Is this supposed to be a slander campaign?  McCain is apparently out of touch.  

9:08 pm Palin was a Governor and a Mayor… putting politics aside to “get the job done.”  Has anyone ever noticed that she looks exactly the same every  time she speaks?  And I hate her glasses.

9:10 pm  Economic meltdown… Palin is convinced it was the Predator Lenders… yeah, there was corruption, deception, greed etc on Wall Street… but won’t this bailout plan make them think they can continue corrupting and deceving the common man?  As a republican, she’s making sense about the economy.  But she’s got some pretty high dreams.

9:12 pm  Biden is convinced that McCain is all about de-regulation.  Middle class needs relief right now.  And I definitely appreciate his views.  The fact that the working middle class is in such bad shape is heartbreaking (mostly because I am in that population).

9:14 pm Note to self: research “de-regulation.”

9:15 pm And Palin thinks that reducing taxes is the key… apparently she did it as Mayor and Governor… But in today’s world, is it really possible to reduce taxes?  We keep spending money, and making money, it’s a wonder the economy has ever survived…. but how is the country supposed to make money, if not off it’s people?

9:16 pm Class warfare?  Taxing more for higher earners…. the middle class is struggling.  Biden says there’s been no tax breaks.  And is in favor of “fairness.”

9:17 pm I’m a little confused by this tax issue.  So, Obama will raise taxes for the wealthy, and McCain won’t raise taxes at all?  That doesn’t make sense.

9:19 pm  Take a drink…. or a few.  Biden mentioned a few towns he lived in… including Scranton.  I knew I loved that drinking game for a reason.

9:20 pm McCain’s healthcare plan is a bridge to nowhere, according to Biden.

9:21 pm Broken Promises – (Biden) double foreign assistance… tax cut proposals… but they can’t slow up on education, affordable healthcare.  $100 billion tax dodge….

9:22 pm Broken Promises – (Palin) The energy plan… Palin is genuinely obsessed with her positions in Alaska.  She’s promised to do what is right for the people… *sigh*  Apparently, McCain has made no promises that he won’t keep.

9:26 pm  Palin is starting to veer off topic a bit… I think she’s trying to talk about what she wants to talk about… I find it difficult to listen to her.

9:28 pm Bankruptcy bill… subprime mortgage crisis.  

9:29 pm wow… Palin really likes to stick to her ideas.  Please explain to me why everybody else in the world is talking about the bankruptcy bill and the mortgage crisis and the working man being able to pay off their mortgages, and Palin is back on energy.  Tax breaks for energy…

9:30 pm The moderator finally changed the topic to energy.  And Palin LOVES talking about Alaska.  Believe it or not, the US is made up of another 49 states.  And she won’t argue about the causes of the climate change.  Sure, She has pretty ideas of the whole country “going green”…. but she is not explaining the HOW part of that happening.

9:32 pm there it is… conserving energy.

9:33 pm right on Biden!  Way to address the question directly!  You have to understand why it’s happening before you can fix it.  We can create jobs and export jobs in environmental issues.  

9:35 pm …  and Palin can’t pronounce “NUCLEAR.”  Offically, I do not want her to be the next VP… Look at it this way… George W Bush can’t pronounce nuclear either.  It is my personal opinion that if you can’t pronounce a simple word, you do not need to run the country.

9:36 pm  Approving same-sex benefits.  Biden approves… joint ownership, life insurance… etc.  Obama and Biden support the same consitutional benefits as hetero-sexual couples.

9:37 pm  A hit from the moderator…. telling Palin to stop talking about alaska.  Clearly Palin is not comfortable with same-sex issues…. She does not support marriages that don’t entail one man and one woman.  She just lost a LOT of voters.

9:38 pm HOWEVER, Biden and Obama do not approve of the same-sex marriage… but rather that it is up to be individual, and the religion to determine how it is defined.

9:39 pm Foreign policy… Palin is being set up to talk about her son.  Funding for the troops…  But Palin wants more troops in Iraq… but it is to not quit now, and try to win the country over.

9:41 pm  Biden – plan to shift responsibility to the Iraqis.  Meaning, we need to let them do what they need to do and if they don’t do it, we’ll probably blow them up (that’s my rash interpretation… I’ve had to lay down to watch this… it takes a lot of energy to point out how stupid the candidates can be).  McCain has no end in sight… and Palin thinks Biden’s plan was a white flag surrender…

9:45 pm Pakistan or Iran… which is more dangerous?  Biden says Pakistan, because of the nuclear weapons… but Iran is not as much of world changer.

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Pretty much after that point, I decided that paying more attention to the debate and not blogging it live would be a good idea.

So…

Sarah Palin has a certain likability.  I don’t like her, but I can understand why people do.  She tries to be the “everyman.”  She’s the hockey mom, she’s down to earth, she has a family…  What’s not to love?

Personally, I don’t think anyone had any expectations of Palin for this debate, and she lived up to every one of  them.  She did something that was pretty classic for a lot of her anwers: short decisive answers, then a swift topic change to what she wanted to talk about.  Ellen had to rope her in a time or two to get her to focus and answer the questions.

But she has a personality.

In my opinion, in regards to the issues they were discussing, Joe Biden won that debate.  But Palin won for personality… and freshness…  But Joe Biden was easier to focus on simply because he was addressing the questions and giving them some real thought and relating  them back to Obama.

So, tell me, gentle readers… what did you think about the debate?

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