Roger Simon on media crack …

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on October 3, 2008

Again, why cats are simply calling it as they see it is beyond us.  Someone is getting paid an awful bit to sell wolf tickets.  Here’s Politico columnist Roger Simon smoking something between crack and the Kool-Aid of political caricature:

Sarah Palin was supposed to fall off the stage at her vice presidential debate Thursday evening. Instead, she ended up dominating it.

She not only kept Joe Biden on the defensive for much of the debate, she not only repeatedly attacked Barack Obama, but she looked like she was enjoying herself while doing it.

She smiled. She faced the camera. She was warm. She was human. Gosh and golly, she even dropped a bunch of g’s.

“John McCain doesn’t tell one thing to one group and somethin’ else to another,” she said. “Those huge tax breaks aren’t comin’ to those huge multinational corporations.”

She went out of her way to talk in everyday terms, saying things like “I betcha” and “We have a heckuva opportunity to learn” and “Darn right we need tax relief.”

So, we’ve got this bama posing as an expert political analyst.  Unreal.

Here’s Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post, keeping it real, who found a way to escape the crack house:

It’s hard to look past the strangeness of tonight’s vice presidential debate and assess it as if it had been a normal debate. But it’s our job to try.

I thought Sarah Palin made one huge, central mistake — and I expect it to be reflected in surveys asking voters who won (as it is already, indeed, reflected in a CBS snap poll of uncommitted voters indicating that they saw Joe Biden as the winner). Her error was that she hardly talked at all about policy solutions, except when the debate got onto the subject of energy and offshore drilling. There, she seemed on terra firma. But on everything else — the financial crisis, the economy in general, health care, the war on terror — she gave little more than promises of reform and “maverick”-y governance.

People are paying attention to the candidates in this election. Americans understand the stakes. Whatever you think of Palin’s mugging, eye-rolling and other theatrics — some viewers doubtless saw it as evidence of freshness, resolve and spunk; others, like Lou Grant in the old Mary Tyler Moore show, must have been muttering “I hate spunk” — you still wanted to hear what she and John McCain proposed to do about the mess we’re in. That was something she didn’t deliver, and my hunch is that we’ll hear that assessment from voters in the coming days.


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