Friday, October 3, 2008

Critics on VP Debate

Arianna Huffington on the Joe Biden - Sarah Palin vice-presidential debate: " It was the folksiest appearance since Hee-Haw went off the air." The article is here.

See also Gail Collins, "Talking in Points," New York Times, 4 October 2008. "Palin did indeed answer each question with poise and self-confidence, reeling off a bunch of talking points that were sometimes totally unrelated to the matter at hand. When she was asked to respond to Joe Biden’s critique of the McCain health care plan, she announced: “I would like to respond about the tax increases,” cheerfully ignoring the fact that tax increases had never been mentioned."

Bob Herbert, "Palin's Alternate Universe," New York Times, 3 October 2008. " --

We’ve lived through nearly two terms of an administration that believed it could create its own reality:

“Deficits don’t matter.” “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job.” “Those weapons of mass destruction must be somewhere.”

Now comes Ms. Palin, a smiling, bubbly vice-presidential candidate who travels in an alternate language universe. For Ms. Palin, such things as context, syntax and the proximity of answers to questions have no meaning."

David Letterman on Sarah Palin (YouTube links from Daily Kos) here.

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