After watching the Vice Presidential debate I have a few thoughts to share.
First, I will say that I was highly surprised that Palin did as well as she did. Before the debate (which, by the way, pre-empted The Office...not a good sign) I mentioned to Chase that it was on and we should watch it. He replied that yes, we should watch the slaughter. "It will be like shooting fish in a barrel!" So I was impressed with how well-rehearsed and well-prepared Palin was. But that just wasn't enough to hold me over. Read with me now and we'll go over a few pros and cons in relation to Mrs. VP.
Pro - Her hair was much less annoying tonight. Less fluffy and librarian-y.
Con - Her blush was out of control in a very 1986 Cyndi Lauper kind of way.
Pro - At no point did she tell the moderator she would "Get back to her" with an answer.
Con - At no point did she actually answer any of the questions.
Pro - She only used the word "Maverick" 74 times.
Con - She still keeps using the word "Maverick."
Pro - She's a mom and I like that.
Con - She hasn't realized that being a mom doesn't count as "executive experience."
Pro - For the most part she used full sentences and didn't fill too much time with Um, Uh, or Hmmm.
Con - She was winking. Seriously. She was winking. Maybe she was chewing Bubble Yum, too. I couldn't tell.
Pro - She has given Tina Fey SO MUCH to work with.
Con - Tina Fey no longer is on staff at SNL so I don't know how much longer they'll let her keep guest-starring (though, hopefully at least through November).
Pro - She is a Washington Outsider.
Con - Not sure yet if she is able to spell Washington.
Anyway, you get my drift, right? Honestly, there just wasn't a whole lot of substance coming out of her. She was cute and peppy and used sweet little colloquialisms and gee isn't that nice. But I don't vote for nice. I don't vote because I think someone is going to be a really great gal "up there" in Washington. I vote because I stand behind the actual policy of a particular ticket. At this point, aside from his stance in Iraq and his stance on same-sex marriage I don't know McCain's platform any better than I did before (I can't figure out what the guy is running on, to be frank). I thought Biden did a much better job of actually answering the questions placed before him. And I agree with him. I was especially happy to have him give a solid outline of the exit strategy for Iraq. And I'm pretty sure he knows that the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan isn't McClellan. Oops! (Wink, nod, snap your gum, raise your pom pom) Your mistake, right hon?