As I watched the Vice Presidential debate last night, I kept thinking about a bird I know named Harley. Harley is a very smart bird –he knows a lot of words, and he often uses them at the right time. He laughs at jokes, he uses funny accents, and is basically downright charming.
Kind of like Sarah Palin was last night.
Clearly her debate training paid off — she never froze on any questions, the way she did during the interviews with Katie Couric. Of course, many times her answers had nothing to do with the question, but it was often so hard to follow her train of thought that I generally didn’t remember what the question was in the first place. Classic debating tactic.
But if she winked at the camera one more time, or said “nuke-yuhler,” “I-ran,” or “I-raq” one more time, I thought I was going to scream. We don’t need folksy in the White House. We’ve tried that for 8 years, and you see where it’s gotten us.
I haven’t made the rounds of teh Internets yet to see what others are saying, but here’s my take on it: Joe Biden won on substantive answers. Sarah Palin has gotten better at not looking like a complete nitwit.
But I think Harley could have done just as well as she did in repeating the phrases that her handlers have taught her. When Harley does a trick we all say “Yay Harley!” So here’s a shout out to Sarah Palin: “Yay Sarah!” Now give her a peanut.