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