VP Debate Insider vs. Outsider

Last nights debate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri moderated by Gwen Ifill. This was the first and the only 2008 vice presidential debate between the Republican nominee, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, and the Democratic nominee, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware. We are not going to bother with who won or who lost. These debates are only filled with talking point “x” to match keyword question “x”. What was different for a republican was her down home approach to Main Street she referred to “go to a kid’s soccer game on Saturday,” and “Joe Six Pack, hockey moms across the nation.” She also used simple straight-ahead approach in trying to convey a message “But I will tell Americans straight up” and “learn from the mistakes and blunders we have seen in the war in Iraq” these are phrases that have long been missing from presidential debates. Then there were her folksy, down home style of phrasing that she used, “Darn right it was the predator lenders”, “darn right we need tax relief for Americans”, “Tillerson at Exxon and Mulva at ConocoPhillips, bless their hearts” “That’s where the Main Streeters like me.”  where a few classic touches. She used a refreshing style that lent itself to a person talking to you in a coffee shop with things like “we both love Israel, and I think that is a good thing”,“Oh, yeah, it’s so obvious I’m a Washington outsider”, and “a little bit of reality from Wasilla Main Street.” She made her debate style of using a simple language we all use instead of trying to say the perfect word, so she spoke like an average human being. Things like “Say it ain’t so, Joe, there you go again pointing backwards again”, “Now doggone it, let’s look ahead”, “we have folks of all political persuasion in there”  and “Middle-class, average, everyday American family like mine.” If you are wondering, they used the word maverick a total of 13 times, only five for Governor Sarah Palin, and eight for Senator Joe Biden. The only problem is this is the one time this is going to happen; it would be interesting to see if she could hold up this routine another night. This also might crumble in a Lincoln-Douglas debate, but that does not matter we will never see that ever again.

Countdown to the second presidential debate 5 days
Countdown to the third presidential debate: 14 days
Countdown to Election Day 2008: 33 days
Countdown to Inauguration Day 2009: 110 days

Been hidin’ out
And layin’ low 
It’s nothing new to me
W. Axl Rose Out to Get Me (1987)

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