I have to say, Governor Palin won this debate hands down. Everyone was discussing how low the bar was set for her speaking achievements, but not only
did she meet that bar, she also exceeded any and all expectations amongst those who did not have any experience with the "Real" Sarah Palin. I
viewed video of her from her Gubernatorial Debates in Alaska, and even heard her opponent speak about her during an interview today. Her Alaskan
opponent even stated that she has a gift, and a way of making you feel her points, even when she might not spew forth the latest percentages or
Face it, a debate is not simply about statistics, it is about making people understand your point of view, even if they do not fully agree with it.
Too often I see listeners critiquing a speaker simply for "facts", yet they miss out on the entire speech and what was actually put forth.
Essentially, you either have the ability to convey your thoughts to an audience, or you do not.
Governor Palin did a great job at hitting back at Senator Biden, and even defending Senator McCain's stances on numerous issues. In fact, Governor
Palin did a BETTER job that even Senator McCain HIMSELF.
I also noticed Senator Biden making some serious contradictions during his speeches, some of which Governor Palin capitalized upon. The most major
slip-up that caught my ears was the idea of an Iraqi "Surge" Type of Strategy to be used in Afghanistan. Governor Palin had mentioned this, to which
Senator Biden replied that the Commander of OEF had told him that such a Strategy would not work in Afghanistan. THEN, after some speaking, Senator
Biden made a comment about the OEF Commander requesting Additional Ground Forces. Sending in Additional Ground Forces is in fact a "Surge", and to
that fact Senator Biden simply contradicted himself. Also, Senator Biden discussed changing the Interest Rates and Principal of financial loans,
however, he cannot change the Principal.
On a similar note, Senator Biden was also wrong about Senator McCain's vote on Bosnia, for which Senator McCain actually pushed Republicans into
backing President Clinton's Mission Statement.
I will not delve any farther into nitpicking, but I simply felt these three specific matters stood out as far slip-ups go.
Governor Palin also did a great job of using Senator Biden's own words against him and his running mate Senator Obama. That was pure genius, as she
used ammunition self-provided by her opposition.
I will say the complete exchange was amazingly civilized and couth. I give both Governor Palin and Senator Biden credit for retaining their class and
composure throughout a tough debate.