Thursday, October 2, 2008

Palin Debating: How to Flunk My Final Exam

From I Can Has Cheezburger?

Say I give a final exam that asks about date rape and a student provides an answer about falling in love; I ask about eating disorders and the student tells me how cool Cosmo is; I ask about the problems mothers face in American society and the student tells me "it's the hardest job in the world" and we just need to cut taxes ...

... what sort of grade do you think that exam would earn?

A simple "F" would be a mercy compared to the negative number it actually deserved.

Now, Gwen Ifill was constrained by the rigid format of the debates from pinning Palin down when she refused to answer the question - a good 80 to 90 percent of the time, I'd guess. We voters operate under no such limitations. We don't have to give a free pass to a candidate who spews "responses" from a random talking points generator, not deigning to provide any real answers.

And we sure don't have to reward that candidate with historically expansive vice presidential powers. Look how great that worked out with Cheney. He snarls. She winks. Either way, it's a tic, not real engagement with us citizens.

4 comments:

Laura said...

The achilles heal question was particularly egregious.

Sungold said...

Yeah, I wondered if she even understood it. There's no way for us to know, based on her non-answer.

Habladora said...

I hate that the "folksy talk" non-answer seems to work. Look, I'm a middle class American, I suppose, and I don't like the implication that Palin's inability to answer a question makes her more like me. I also don't like the truth that seems to be emerging that the less a candidate seems to know, the more likable they are to voters.

Yes, I'm feeling grumpy tonight - but last night I was so excited, I was really convinced that Obama will win. Despite more positive news coverage of Palin's performance, I'll hold onto my hope, though.

Sungold said...

I do think we've got real grounds for optimism, based on the latest polls. I still worry a lot that the Bradley effect will hurt Obama on November 4, but I'm also really encouraged by McCain writing off Michigan, as well as by the recent poll numbers here in Ohio.

As for the less they know, the more they're loved: Well, we've had that since 2000 and look where that got us!