Sarah Palin Wins the debate.
Well, folks, I told you so.
Now, you gotta like Joe Biden. Every one I’ve ever met who has ever known him, on both sides of the aisle, love this guy. But he picked a strange issue to debate. Whether or not John McCain is really a Maverick. Chuckle, chuckle. Even the media elites will give McCain that much. One thing for sure, no one, in any debating hall or bar anywhere in the country is debating over whether Barack Obama is a maverick. As Palin pointed out…. He voted 96% of the time with his party.
For those of you who were too cowardly to stay and watch for the critics to pounce on Palin after it was over, here is just a sampling of the reviews you didn’t see….
“Sarah Palin Was Sensational Tonight … I Think She Wiped Up The Floor With Joe Biden”
– Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press
“I Wanted My Granddaughters To Be Able To Look At This Debate … I Wanted Them To Look At This Debate And See That A Woman Could Go Toe To Toe With Someone Who Has Had Tremendous Experience”
– 1984 Democrat Vice Presidential Nominee Geraldine Ferraro
“She came across as a forceful, articulate and well-prepared candidate, able to go toe to toe with an opponent who has been debating on the floor of the United States Senate for the past 36 years.”
– Peter Baker, The New York Times
“I think they’re whopping it up in Alaska tonight and all those parties across the country for the McCain campaign because I thought in terms of theatrics and personal style out there, you can see why she’s such a successful politician in Alaska. … And any question asked of her, she talked about John McCain’s tax cuts, his record as a maverick, about his determination to reform what is going on and about energy independence.”
– Tom Brokaw, NBC
“She killed. It was her evening. She was the star. She had him at, ‘Nice to meet you. Hey, can I call you Joe?’ It was very interesting to me, for Palin tonight, for an hour and a half, I think America saw her for a really long time, and she became a star probably on a new level. Gwen Ifill was not there for Sarah Palin. Joe Biden was not there for Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin was there with a camera. It was classic go over the heads of the media and everybody else, talk straight to the American people. She hit every populist chord. It is amazing to me that 15 minutes in, she had Joe Biden on the defensive…”
– Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal on NBC
“I think she’s an extremely appealing politician. Her energy level was much better than Biden’s. I think Biden lost a little speed there during the evening. I think she came across terrific in terms of presentation.”
– MSNBC’s Chris Matthews
“On the first go, you’re right, I thought that Governor Palin, after a bruising time in the media, showed up not just with confidence, but cheerful confidence that might surprise a lot of people, talking about her personal issues …”
– ABC’s Diane Sawyer
“She was spirited, she came out well, she came out strong.”
– David Gergen, CNN
“My take is Sarah Palin was sensational tonight. She not only met the expectations, I think she wiped up the floor with Joe Biden, quite frankly. She is personable, she is young, she’s got a sense of humor…I think that she has done a sensational job and I think she as recaptured that magic she had out there at the convention.”
– MSNBC’s Pat Buchanan
“It was match point against Sarah Palin and she won the set and she kept the race alive.”
Bill Kristol, The New York Times
And on and on it went. The media clips of her stumbles, taken out of context and lovingly edited by network ideologues did the very job I predicted. They left the American audience stunned by her ability and a bit betrayed by the bill of goods the media had been selling them.