Saturday, October 04, 2008

Steyn on Saturday

Mark Steyn reviews Sarah Palin's debate performance, and he liked what he saw in this "Citizen-Politician."

Dick Morris on Governor Palin's "big, big win" is also worth a read: "She didn't just win the vice-presidential debate, she showed that she belongs with Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton as among the best communicators of our modern political times."

What's really disturbing is that if Palin had committed even a couple of Biden's lies and mistakes the media would declare the race over and try to drive her from the ticket. But Biden gets a chuckle and a pass.

5 Comments:

Blogger Ugly Naked Guy said...

I still haven't seen the debate (hope to catch it online somewhere), but I still am not convinced that she won. A couple of like-minded teachers at my school who I respect didn't think she did such a good job. Also, factcheck.org has a list of both hers and Biden's lies/inaccuracies. It seems she had just as much problem with the truth. I don't know that much about factcheck.org, but I believe they are pretty respected.

12:48 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'd frankly be quite leery of factcheck.org. For instance, see this blogger's review. Patterico has done quite a bit of fact checking on Factcheck in the last month and found them unreliable, to say the least (one of his posts refered to the site's "unmitigated garbage" -- I can't get the link to work).

Last I heard, Palin may have gotten the name of a general wrong. Biden's list of lies and mistakes is around two dozen (see Power Line).

I'll be interested to hear your perception of the debate when you see it.

Best wishes,
Laura

8:27 AM  
Blogger Ugly Naked Guy said...

I saw the first five minutes on a clip from youtube and I thought she seemed poised, competent, and engaging. I watched part of the second 5 minutes and was extremely disappointed that she laid the blame for the financial crisis on wall street greed. I know that is McClain's position, but I am still not happy that she supported the company line on that. Ugh. Anyway, I will have to check with my friends who I overheard saying she didn't do well.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm with you on the "company line" on greedy Wall Street. I don't understand why McCain isn't hitting the Democrats over Fannie Mae, etc. One source I read says they're afraid they'll be called racist because the loans went to minorities; the racism fear, given the current environment, is entirely possible.

If you're able to watch more of the debate, I think you'll find she went better as she went along, and she bucked the campaign line on a couple areas, such as ANWR.

Best wishes,
Laura

4:58 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Here is an October 6th article by Byron York of NRO on "factcheckers" in general and Factcheck.org in particular.

Best wishes,
Laura

10:42 AM  

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