From the, “Glad I’m not the only one who noticed” department, we have this from Christopher Beam at Slate this morning:
… Palin demonstrated a knack for answering the question she wanted to answer—not the one that was asked. At one point, Ifill asked Palin to respond to a comment by Sen. Biden on health care. “I would like to respond about the tax increases,” Palin pivoted and proceeded to accuse Obama of raising taxes 94 times. A minute later, Ifill prompted Palin to respond about McCain’s record of deregulation. Again, Palin resisted: “I’m still on the tax thing because I want to correct you on that again.” Biden looked exasperated, prompting Palin to say, “I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I’m going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also.” In other words, screw your questions, I’ve memorized a message and gosh darn it, I’m going to get it across.
And from Don Hazen at Alternet:
So Palin was on the verge of being a winner in my book, until one crucial moment near the end of debate. That was when Joe Biden got vulnerable. He talked about the loss of his wife and children in an accident, and he almost broke down. It felt very real and brought tears to my eyes. And in what probably was Palin’s only major mistake, she ignored Biden’s tragedy. She started talking about McCain the maverick for the umpteenth time, suggesting that she had a tin ear when it comes to other people’s pain, thus undermining her overall message. She was on a roll until then. But if she can’t relate to Joe Biden’s pain, how can we believe her when she says she relates to the rest of America’s?
From Leonce Gaiter at Huffington Post:
She rails against Iraq withdrawal timelines and says that American commanders will judge when the Iraqis are ready to govern and defend themselves, ignoring the Iraqis (oh, them) until she remembers to blurt Maliki’s name at the last moment–still ignoring the fact that he himself has called for an American withdrawal timeline. She said that use of nuclear (excuse me, “nucular”) weapons would be the “be all and end all of too many people on the planet.” Personally, I think there’d be a lot more “ending” than “being.”
And, finally, from Katharine Q. Seelye at The New York Times:
One potential cause for alarm, especially if you are a member of the United States Senate: Ms. Palin, as vice president, already seems to be contemplating an expansion of executive power over the upper chamber: “I’m thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president if that vice president so chose to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the president’s policies and making sure too that our president understands what our strengths are.”
That’s an enormouse cause for alarm, no matter who you are. Palin as clone-of-Cheney should frighten anyone.