Jeebus, could media hyperventilation get more ludicrous?

If Palin, as she is expected to do, goes into a full blown attack…Biden must resist doing the one thing that comes so naturally to him.

He can’t smile.

As Biden likes to say on the stump, he "literally, literally" cannot flash the famous Biden wall of teeth, that reflexive wide-angle grin….

Holy crock o’ shite. Biden paid good money for that tooth bleach — he’ll flash his pearly whites at some point.  

THAT is the win or lose point for Palin?!?

"Biden smiled. Did you get the camera on that?!? It’s Palinpalooza now, baby!  Wait, was it only a smirk…run that tape back…"

Good lord.  We’ve survived Dan Quayle’s "potatoe" moment; George H.W. Bush, supermarket scanner savant; Hillary Clinton’s battle with the cappuccino machine; and I haven’t even gotten to Zippy the Wonder Biker. (all YouTubes.) 

But the press keep helping lower the bar for poor wittle Sarah?

She’s running for Vice President of the United States, for cripes sake.  Must we endure the same underselling job the GOP did for Bush without questioning it?  Look where that got us. Honestly, after the Gibson and Couric interviews, I’m not sure she’s met a minimal job competency requirement. And I’m not alone.  (YouTube)

Stop lowballing her on-camera manipulative abilities.  We all suffer for it.  Prior opponents say she’s a master debater.  She beat a sitting governor.  Her appeal is strong among "have a beer with" types, with her folksy filibuster routine down pat.

Further, have you fricking met Joe "Run At The Mouth" Biden? Because it ain’t exactly a cakewalk for him to debate cleanly.  Between the gaffes, the inanity, and the blather?  

Ugh.  I’m going to start mainlining espresso now…

(YouTube — super secret Palin "change the subject" cutsie debate technique footage.)

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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