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Last January I did a piece called How I Would Run MSNBC. Rachel Maddow is not exactly running things … yet. But since she now has her own show, let me press a bit farther. I would like to see Rachel given Meet The Press. And I rather think she will get it.
Barack gave the same speech, essentially, in Nevada and on the Senate floor. Probably not a problem. But I had a sense that it was not needed on the Senate floor, unless there was a clear reason in terms of the news cycle. I am sure I am in a small minority.
The heads on MSNBC are brazenly pulling for Palin. That’s entertainment? It most certainly isn’t news. Change the channel. Done.
It’s forgive Bill Clinton day today. His speech, which I am watching now, is vastly more than anyone could have expected and it is the best argument for electing Barack that has been put out so far. And for electing Joe Biden as well. Bill is on fire and if he continues doing this, the landslide I believe will take place — noted at the BOTTOM of this page — will come to pass.
And, later, Nate of 538 argues Obama forces would do well to agree to a new debate moderator, partly because it would throw a curve at the McCain forces, but mainly to avoid massive media spin. Yet more drama. Only, everyone knew this. The McCain campaign went along with Ifill. And McCain himself gave her an OK. This is a Malkin and Company hissy fit.
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Biden, Palin Debate Preview — Sarah Report & Other Wierdnesses
Though I’ve run a full-blown Palin Page for a month, today I want to move Sarah front and center to get beyond the current spin — her ineptitude and her uselessness as a game-changing vote-getter. These two nice phrases would about sum up what the mainstream view is as we speak.
I want to consider the possibility of a Palin rebound, a sort of nightmare worst-case scenario, a turnaround to strike fear into everyone who has been lusting after an Obama momentum push that begins to move inexorably to victory.
So start with the links below. I will be back as time unfolds to put together a Sarah Report, add some videos and otherwise turn this into a magazine page about what will transpire tomorrow night in Missouri.
Start with this pertinent paragraph about Sarah’s vacation from the teleprompter from one of my best sources:
Realize, instead, how the presumptuous Sarah was just taking a break from the teleprompter for an instant, and that, otherwise, her appearance in Golden, Colorado two weeks ago (as evidenced by the broader context of these three other images) was mostly a Mad Ave.-style agglomeration of sex appeal, maternal idealization, gender exploitation, ideological harangue and firing range adrenaline surge from someone who today is now fully leveraging her own incompetence (via a media-as-perpetrator abuse fantasy) to get into our heads. SOURCE
Next, if you have the fortitude, peruse the most recent Katie Couric documentary-type video (with transcript} of her day with Sarah. See if it is not at once a little apology for all the nasty soundbites — Katie warm and fuzzy — as well as a grim reminder that McCain and Palin really are soul-mates. Both have that run-at-the-mouth capacity to simply flood the talksphere with nothing, until the listener is either overwhelmed or nauseated. Such is Sarah’s response about what papers she reads. On one level, it is gibberish. On another, it is a profound sociological index of the sort that would have made the late Thorstein Veblen dissolve into hysterical laughter … or else throw things.
This will give you the flavor of one of my favorite journalist’s take on Sarah Palin as a debater.
“My attitude and my approaches towards dealing with the complexities of health care issues,” she said in an AARP debate in October 2006, “is a respectful and responsible approach, and it’s a positive approach. I don’t believe that the sky is falling here in Alaska.”
These patterns could help explain why the McCain campaign negotiated for less time for discussion in her debate Thursday with Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware than the presidential candidates had in their debate last week.
Ms. Palin was not always at her best when questioned by her opponents in the governor’s race. SOURCE
And let’s take a detour to Joe Biden:
A review of Mr. Biden’s debate performances shows him to be deeply knowledgeable across a range of topics, reflecting his nearly four decades in Washington, where he is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Mr. Biden’s answers tend to gush forth and his voice is raspy, which lends his arguments an air of urgency. He also uses assertive phrases like, “the truth is,” or “folks, let me tell you,” which grab listeners by the lapel.
One danger for Mr. Biden on Thursday is that his habit of speaking authoritatively, of saying he possesses the truth, will come across as overbearing or condescending, particularly toward someone like Ms. Palin, who lacks his credentials. To try to guard against sounding sexist, he is sparring in practice sessions with Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan, who is playing the role of Ms. Palin. SOURCE
This New York Times VIDEO on the contrasting debate styles of Biden and Palen.
This video shows the EXACT danger to Biden. The clobbering confession of IGNORANCE which allies her with her AUDIENCE. If she is in her non-hyper voice mode, watch out.
I think time will be the ally of Biden. That is, a 90 minute, evenly-divided format, no matter how sliced, will pall on Palin.
Were I Biden I would take the same tack. Not confessing IGNORANCE, but saying that this election is about ordinary people and POUNCING on any Palin statement that tries to say he is not able to understand the plight of ordinaty people.
I would like Biden to FACE HER DOWN if she brings up a woman’s issue with his own record on VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.
In other words I think Biden should NOT defer in the least. Accord Palin the respect of an evenly-matched opponent and go toe to not on KNOWLEDGE ISSUES but on HUMAN ISSUES. Not accusing her. Just standing up for himself. Not posing as an ordinary guy. Being an ordinary guy. Tell the get up story again. And mean it. Always remembering to rope-a-dope until Palin puts out the bait. Mano a mano.
I have been thinking of the two Palins — speaking-wise. There is the hyper, Tina Fey Palen who can be depended upon to dig her own grave. There is the cooler, non-hyper, thoughtful Palin who will probably be on exhibit. If the latter, match cool for cool. Either Palin is reported to be preparing to ATTACK. Meet cool with cool. It is more than likely the attack will be false or distorted. Correct matter-of-factly and do a one-up cooly. Reference experience casually, not defensively.
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