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The Care and (Spoon) Feeding of Vice-Presidential Candidates

Oh this is RICH.

Apparently the McCain team is quite worried about Sarah Palin’s appearance in the VP debate. Enough so that they “fought for and won” a much more strict and rigid debate format than was originally agreed to.

Maybe they should be. Sarah sure seems nervous about going up against Joe Biden.

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin sounds a bit wary about her upcoming debate with her really, really, really experienced Democratic rival.

“Senator (Joe) Biden has a tremendous amount of experience,” she told Fox News. “I think he was first elected when I was like in the second grade.”

If her running mate John McCain, 72, wasn’t hoping to be the oldest person to begin a first term as president, one might think Palin was suggesting Biden, 65, was old.

“He’s been in there a long, long, long time,” Palin said. “So he’s got the experience. He probably has the sound bites. He has the rhetoric. He knows what’s expected of him. He is a great debater, also.”

“So yes, it’s going to be quite a task in front of me,” she said.

WOW. I’m a year YOUNGER than Palin and know that it should read “when I was in the second grade.” NO “like”.

You see, Sarah, I was paying attention in school and learned how NOT to sound like a ditzy, Valley Girl cheerleader/beauty queen sort.

Sorry, I digress…

But good way to endear yourself to the AARP crowd, Sarah, with the very obvious digs about Biden’s advanced age. Good way to point out even more than we may have already noticed HOW FREAKING OLD John McCain is.

Remember him? The one whose name comes befor yours on the ticket? Oh, that’s right- you DON’T.

Palin also said she didn’t mean to insult Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in her nominating speech when she belittled his experience as a community organizer.

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities,” she told the Republican convention.

“I certainly didn’t mean to hurt his feelings,” Palin told Fox News. “Didn’t mean to offend any community organizers either.”

She said she did it because Obama had taken a shot at small town mayors.

Well, it’s nice to know that Sarah Palin isn’t  small-minded, petty, or mean-spirited, as well as insulting those over 60.

BTW, Sarah- I really doubt you hurt Barack Obama’s feelings one iota. But thanks for trying to explain your juvenile tactics; it instills SUCH confidence in your abilities and judgement!

Or not.

Maybe, JUST maybe, Chuck Hagel has a point regarding Palin’s experience and abilities.


“She doesn’t have any foreign policy credentials,” Hagel said Wednesday in an interview. “You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don’t know what you can say. You can’t say anything.”

The McCain campaign has cited the proximity of Alaska to Russia as evidence of her international experience.

Hagel scoffed at that notion.

“I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, ‘I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,'” he said. “That kind of thing is insulting to the American people.

Hagel offered a couple of caveats on his assessment of Palin: Experience is not the only qualification for elected officials – judgment and character are indispensable.

“I think it’s a stretch to, in any way, to say that she’s got the experience to be president of the United States,” Hagel said.

At least one Republican gets it.

Ah, but back to the spoonfeeding of Young Sarah:

At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.

The wrangling was chiefly between the McCain-Palin camp and the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which is sponsoring the forums.

Commission members wanted a relaxed format that included time for unpredictable questioning and challenges between the vice-presidential candidates. Last week, it rejected a proposal from advisers to Ms. Palin and Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican presidential nominee, for few if any unfettered exchanges. Advisers to Mr. Biden say they were comfortable with either format.

Oh PUH-LEEZE. She supposedly has enough experience to be one heartbeat away from the presidency, with all the foreign policy and travel creds, let alone is the most knowledgeable person in America when it comes to energy, but Little Sarah Palin can’t handle the pressure of a DEBATE???

There’s more:


A commission member said that the new agreement on the vice-presidential debate was reached late morning Saturday. It calls for shorter blocks of candidate statements and open discussion than at the presidential debates.

Lemme ask; has there EVER been a campaign as scared of what the Veep candidate would say as this one? Could they possibly snuggle her up and coddle her MORE?

But in all fairness, I remember Dan Quayle going off on the ficticious ‘Murphy Brown’ having a child out of wedlock and Admiral James Stockdale ill advisedly starting off by asking the audience, “Why am I here?”

So I guess I can see their point. Phooey; I was looking forward to a big heaping helping of “Sarahdenfreude”

McCain advisers said they were only somewhat concerned about Ms. Palin’s debating skills compared with those of Mr. Biden, who has served six terms in the Senate, or about his chances of tripping her up.

Instead, they say, they wanted Ms. Palin to have opportunities to present Mr. McCain’s positions, rather than spending time talking about her own experience or playing defense.

Gimme a freakin’ break. In other words, they want her to stick to the practiced and well-rehersed soundbites and script.

Funny, that’s not how my dictionary defines “debate”.

While the debates between presidential nominees are traditionally the main events in the fall election season, the public interest in Ms. Palin has proved extraordinary, and a large audience is expected for her debate debut.

Indeed, both the McCain and Obama campaigns have similar concerns about the vice-presidential matchup in St. Louis: that Ms. Palin, of Alaska, as a new player in national politics, or Mr. Biden, of Delaware, as a loquacious and gaffe-prone speaker, could commit a momentum-changing misstep in their debate.

Talk about your “Must See TV”…

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