Friday, October 03, 2008

Palin-Biden debate fallout

It's interesting to read some of the reactions. CNN and MSNBC came down most emphatically on Biden's side. They tried to be magnanimous towards the little woman, but one could see it cost them some severe internal injury. They admired Biden for restraining himself when Palin made a mistake about the commander in chief's name in Afghanistan (McKienan? McLellan?) but hastily moved on when someone mentioned Biden's "Bosniaks".

Knowledge of the Middle East was no body's strong suit. But Palin at least stuck to generalities while Biden, I guess, trying to look savvy and experienced, said the following:

"When we kicked - along with France, we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon, I said and Barack said, "Move NATO forces in there. Fill the vacuum, because if you don't know -- if you don't, Hezbollah will control it."

I was unfamiliar with this particular event in history, unaware that Hezbollah had been kicked out of Lebanon by the Americans, or that NATO was under any obligation to intervene in Lebanon.

Simply Jews clarified the matter.

Thank the gods for SJ without whose vigilant astuteness we would be at sea here.

Anyway, personally I was unimpressed but very favourably inclined towards both VP hopefuls. They both expressed unconditional love for Israel and they both agreed that gay couples should not be disadvantaged by law. Very nice. Which to me suggested that essentially, they were both similar (except that he is a man and she is a woman of course). Oh, and I liked very much Sarah Palin's elegantly unconcerned hairdo. She had a sort of half a loose French braid. Very becoming. Her face seemed thinner than it was at the convention. The wages of being a victim to mass-media attention, I presume.


At 2:59 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biden is a bit disenginuous.

He pushed the lie that McCain wouldnt talk to the government of Spain.

On gay marriage, he slithered around the issue, expressing what seemed to be support for it. Sarah Palin, directly confronted the issue in an honest manner, and then Joe Biden was shamed into agreeing that he did not favor Gay Marriage.

Sarah Palin's honesty and forthrightness, is much more endearing. Straight talk, as opposed to political double talk.

I implicitly trust her just as a human being of high moral character that has not been corrupted by years in Washington. She is a more genuine honest that regard. She is honest about her personal and religious beliefs and that she doesnt necessarily push them on others...but rather follows the Constitution. This has been shown in her record in Alaska as well....for example with regard to benefits for gay partners of government employees.

Joe Biden, has been a Senator for over 25 years and thinks that Bosniaks is the correct term for Bosnians and that the US and France pushed out the Hezbollah, in Lebanon. At least Sarah Palin has an excuse, she's both younger and her government leadership positions have not been focused on foreign policy to a large degree.

Sarah Palin is much better than Joe Biden. Though I do agree that Biden was among the best on offer in the Dem Pres Primary, along with Hillary and Obama.

At 5:04 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Bosniak" is the correct term for Bosnian muslim. Biden was right here.

At 6:04 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

Anon: thank you for your comment.

According to Wiki:

"In the English-speaking world, Bosniaks are most commonly known as Bosnian Muslims, although Bosniaks make up 48% of the population while only 40% of the population (of B&H) is Muslim."

The question is whether Senator Biden used the rarer terminology out of intimate knowledge with the region's history or out of relative ignorance.

At 6:22 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, there is a distinction I didnt know.

Much more disconcerting to me, was Biden's advocation of subverting the US Constitution through the appointment of Activist Judges....instead of changing laws in a Constitutional manner. It shows a contempt for the US Constitution and the law that is downright frightening.

At 5:51 AM EDT, Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

Thanks for the link.



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