THE BACKGROUND: As I noted in the debate coverage, Politco's John Harris was leading the charge of Palin bashing immediately after her evisceration of woeful Joe Biden. He has since vomited those shibboleths onto his laptop - that means a portable computer in this case - and this waste of bandwidth is the work product. Note the sneering tone he uses to slap the woman while he then lovingly gorfs the shaft of Biden:
By that standard, she got out alive, though there were white-knuckle moments along the way: questions that were answered with painfully obvious talking points that betrayed scant knowledge of the issue at hand, and sometimes little relevance to the question that had been asked.If this joker hasn't seen a politician answer whatever way they want, despite what the question was, he's obviously just fallen off the turnip truck. Or is a liar. Now to his fellation of Biden:
To the contrary, it is hard to count any objective measures by which Biden did not clearly win the encounter. She looked like she trying to get people to take her seriously. He looked like he was running for vice president. His answers were more responsive to the questions, far more detailed and less rhetorical.
On at least ten occasions, Palin gave answers that were nonspecific, completely generic, pivoted away from the question at hand, or simply ignored it: on global warming, an Iraq exit strategy, Iran and Pakistan, Iranian diplomacy, Israel-Palestine (and a follow-up), the nuclear trigger, interventionism, Cheney's vice presidency and her own greatest weakness.
Biden relentlessly and clearly delivered a specific message he had been assigned to hammer home: McCain-Palin would be four more years of Bush-Cheney. Biden mentioned President Bush more than a dozen times."And his hot man-spunk fills my mouth with sunshine and rainbows!", Harris enthused. (I'm guessing.)
"Look, past is prologue, Gwen," he said at one point. "The issue is, how different is John McCain's policy going to be than George Bush's? I haven't heard anything yet."
Now check how he hates on the person without a penis:
By contrast, Palin was in much more of a survival mode, barely delivering on her advisers' hopes that she would be aggressive with Biden, throwing gaffes and policies back at him. For the Alaska governor, it was policy as a second language — adequate, but not enlightening.I'm surprised that Harris didn't scold that fecund breeder for mispronouncing "nuclear", too.
She twice referred to the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, as "McClellan." Biden did not correct her.
That prompted this comment from moi (#262 on pg. 9):
The Obama Compulsive Disorder that has consumed much of the Treason Media continues to ravage the formerly-objective Politico, causing them to rave like lunatics in an Orwellian frenzy of declaring up down, left right, and Biden victorious when he was clearly shot, gutted, skinned and his Botoxed head mounted to hang on Sarah Palin's rec room wall.Well and truly said. Here's another: F*ck Politico!
As Biden yelled and acted as if he was about to turn green and burst out of his clothes, Palin smiled sweetly and slipped the blade between his ribs unchecked, making him even more angry. The now un-credible Gwen Ifill had to keep throwing Biden lifelines in the form of allowing him the last word and moving on before Palin could rebut his constant lies.What struck me the most about the debate - and it probably helped having quintessential Obamaphiles in the room - was how Biden's "gravitas" is derived almost entirely from the fact that he can lie with absolute passion and conviction. He just plain made stuff up tonight. I read a long list tonight in my debate with Beinart here at Wash U, we can visit the details tomorrow.I saw John Harris in the vanguard of his water-carrying for Biden (and by extension, his Sith Lord Master Obama) on PBS and wondered if he fancied himself the next Joe Klein; destined to have a column in TIME where he can make up whatever lovely fantasies he wants to about non-liberals.
Just a few: Flatly asserting that Obama never said he'd meet with Achmenijad; that absolute nonsense about spending more in a month in Iraq than we've spent in Afghanistan ("let me say it again," he said as if he was hammering home a real fact); the bit about McCain voting with Obama on raising taxes; his vote in favor of the war etc.
It's amazing how the impulse to see Biden as the more qualified and serious guy stems almost entirely from his ability to be a convincing b.s. artist. I'm not saying Palin was always honest or unrehearsed, but when she offers up a catchphrase or a talking point, you can tell. When Biden spews up a warm fog of deceitful gassbaggery the response seems to be "what a great grasp of the issues he has!"
His ability, nay his eagerness, to fake not only the "facts" but his sincerity is so shameless many pundits seem either mesmerized by it or scared to call him on it. I'd call his fakery passive aggressive except it's actually just aggressive aggressive. Beyond being a tool of trial lawyers, I never saw much similarity between Biden and John Edwards, but tonight I was really struck by how alike the two are. Edwards fakes being an everyman, and Biden does too. But his real fraud is intellectual seriousness. He talks like an intellectually mature person, but that's all it is - talk.
Politico obviously wishes to position itself as a loyal organ for Fuhrer Obama to issue his edicts to his subjects via. When you have no higher ambition than to be a stenographer to the ruling class, you really shouldn't masquerade as a "journalist".