Friday, October 3, 2008

Biden and Palin Debate, Doggonit!

Nothing interesting happened in last night's debate1. Except for one thing. More about that in a second.

Sarah Palin still played the ditsy, folksy, sitcom mom. She was able to use her scripted bits to fill in the gaps that she left in her Katie Couric interview by not trying to answer Gwen Ifill's questions when contemplation was required. She announced this strategy right up front:

I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I'm going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also.

Now the moderator is the one asking the questions. (The moderator obviously wants to hear her own questions.) That lapse of logic aside, her point was made. Joe Biden was still the sonorous, slumberous senator, but very competent with his garrulousness kept under control.

Now for the only interesting part, where Palin cluelessly thanks the Constitution for something that lives in Dick Cheney's fantasy world:

[on the constitutional power of the vice president]

PALIN: Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president.

Of course, we know what a vice president does. And that's not only to preside over the Senate and will take that position very seriously also. I'm thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president if that vice president so chose to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the president's policies and making sure too that our president understands what our strengths are.

BIDEN: The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress. The idea he's part of the Legislative Branch is a bizarre notion invented by Cheney to aggrandize the power of a unitary executive and look where it has gotten us. It has been very dangerous.

Youbetcha, Joe.

1. Transcript of Palin, Biden debate