posted on Oct, 3 2008 @ 08:10 AM
I'm making this post without having read the thread, so my response is un-influenced...
I was very impressed with Palin's general performance. She was substantially more coherent than she has been recently.
I was very UN-impressed with her pattern of not answering the questions. Time and again she ignored the question she was asked, and answered some
other question. Not appropriate behavior for someone interviewing for a job.
I found her comments about the duties of the Vice President to be extremely
disturbing. It seems clear she is partial to the Cheney view
of the office, and not so much the Constitutional view. Not good. Seriously not good.
I consider that she exceeded my expectations for her in the debate, but did not meet my expectations for someone who was interviewing for the job.
Biden met my expectations for both... pretty much no surprises from him. I found him to be on target and answered most questions clearly and
I was somewhat disappointed in the moderation of the debate. I wish Ifill had been more aggressive with both of them. These people are interviewing to
fill a position of employment with the US citizenry, not to fill a position of ruling. They need to be reminded of this. So I believe Ifill could and
should have been more willing to press them on not answering questions, for instance.
All in all, the debate had no significant impact on my position in the election. I do not believe the McCain-Palin ticket is the right direction for
my country. Obama-Biden may well not be, either, but M-P is definitely not.
Bread and Circus, mostly.