What a relief to see the return of the Gov. Sarah Palin who thrilled us with her convention speech. I was afraid that the handlers had brainwashed her, or substituted a clone (where was Tina Fey during the Katie Couric interview, and does she have an alibi?)
Right from the start, we could see that Sarah was back. She took to the stage, shook Sen. Joe Biden's hand and asked if she could call him Joe. It underscored that she is not a Beltway insider, and also her cheekiness.
Then as Biden was giving one of his first responses, the split screen showed Palin busily taking notes. Until she suddenly looked up, directly into the camera, and smiled at America. It was so distracting from Biden that the camera quickly cut away.
Biden was much better than I had expected. He wasn't a jerk. His sentences were comprehensible. He only leered twice. We didn't have to look at the hair plugs overly much. And I didn't hear any major mistakes, other than confusing Hezbollah with Hamas.
In fact, Biden was better than Sen. Barack Obama at making the charge that McCain-Palin has not distinguished itself from the Bush Administration. To some extent, he's right. Team McCain has to say what all know to be true: the Bush Administration failed because it abandoned conservative tenets. McCain-Palin implicitly have made this point when they promise to control spending and the like.
Time is running out; it's time to be explicit. Cut the Bush Administration loose. It would not be possible to throw it under the bus, because it's been road kill for a long, long time.