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It was the vice presidential debate last night, and I listened to some on the radio. The first third I thought Palin did very well, and Biden didn’t really know how to counter. The balance seemed to shift later on, as Palin’s responses got more repetitive, and I think Biden kind of got into the swing of it, and had more chances for gravity and to display his experience. Your interpretation may be different of course, although snap polls seem fairly strong in Biden’s favor at the moment, especially among independents. There was potential for interesting moments – both these candidates have shown themselves to be gaffe-prone, but I think that this excerpt from the transcript is quite something:

Say it ain’t so, Joe, there you go again pointing backwards again. You preferenced [sic] your whole comment with the Bush administration. Now doggone it, let’s look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future. You mentioned education and I’m glad you did. I know education you are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, and god bless her. Her reward is in heaven, right? I say, too, with education, America needs to be putting a lot more focus on that and our schools have got to be really ramped up in terms of the funding that they are deserving. Teachers needed to be paid more. I come from a house full of school teachers. My grandma was, my dad who is in the audience today, he’s a schoolteacher, had been for many years. My brother, who I think is the best schoolteacher in the year, and here’s a shout-out to all those third graders at Gladys Wood Elementary School, you get extra credit for watching the debate

I’ve also read some chat about Palin using cue-cards, which isn’t a bad thing, but it might be if you don’t have one for the question:

Sarah Palin debate tactic flowchart

Sarah Palin debate tactic flowchart

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