Monday, October 06, 2008

Sarah Palin & The Debate & SNL

After examining Gov. Sarah Palin's performance in her two interviews (with Charles Gibson of ABC News and Katie Couric of CBS News) and in the vice president debate with Sen. Joe Biden, a school teacher wrote the following letter to the editor of the New York Times:
"As someone who teaches history, I often give essay exams, and inevitably there are students who arrive ill prepared to take the exam. These students typically adopt one of two strategies: they either construct an essay that is a torrent of words, hoping that by filling up the space I will not notice that they don’t know anything (Sarah Palin’s performance in the Katie Couric interviews); or they ignore the question I’ve asked, and answer something else they do know a little about (Ms. Palin’s performance in the vice-presidential debate).

"Both strategies earn an F, since neither indicates that they can tackle a crucial issue in the course.

"Many of us watching the vice-presidential debate wanted to know how well Governor Palin could tackle a crucial issue facing the nation. Mr. Brooks informs us that Republicans were relieved that Sarah Palin adopted what amounts to Strategy No. 2 in the debate, and therefore avoided seeming as clueless as she did in the Couric interviews, but let me assure him (and them) that it was no more helpful in establishing her ability to be an effective vice president than Strategy No. 1."

Debate Spoofed on Saturday Night Live

Read the New York Times Opinion about Sarah Palin's debate performance here and here and here.

Read the analysis of the Biden-Palin debate here.

plez sez: i don't know what to believe: is it that she doesn't know? or is it that she doesn't care? the governor was smart enough to talk about what she wanted to talk about, but didn't seem to grasp the real reason behind having a debate.

in order to be effective in the debate format, one must be well-versed in the subject being debated and there needs to be a command of the supporting data for your arguments. sarah palin came out and doled out segments of her stump speech for 90 minutes... debate topics be damned!

i must admit, the SNL skit about the debate was far more interesting than the real thing... tina fey has gov. palin nailed!

it's okay to ignore her (pretty much what joe biden did throughout the entire debate). let's get back to reality and the real race between Obama and mccain.


tom said...

I think it's going to become more and more apparent that the woman is not only dangerously ignorant, but dangerous, period, malevolent and corrupt. Imagine George W. Bush and Richard Nixon combined in a confederate mudflap manakin.

Anonymous said...

Essentially, Republicans have such little respect for government that they think anyone can do it.

Thus, They would allow someone with Palin's pedigree carry the water for their party.

Brown Man said...

She's not stupid, which is an even worse offense - willful ignorance when you are ASKING FOR RESPONSIBILITY is treasonous.

John McCain should be horsewhipped for putting this one trick pony out there like that.

She skated on "rap and bullshit" her whole life, but that ain't gon' git it no mo.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

long live SNL

Patrick Roberts said...

so THAT's why they were trying so hard to keep Palin away from live TV coverage...