Thursday, October 02, 2008
Palin, You've Got To Love Her
Expectations of Gov. Sarah Palin couldn't have been lower going into tonight's debate, but she held her own and managed to connect with average folks better than Sen. Joe Biden. Neither candidate made any major gaffes tonight and, arguably, both out-performed their running mates' debate performances. I thought Palin did a good job making the points she wanted to make, but I thought she should have stepped up and hit back hard at the claim McCain was soft on sub-prime lending. She should have been prepared to hit back with how much Obama pushed sub-prime lending and is attached at the hip with the King and Queen of sub-prime lending, Franklin Raines and Penny Pritzker. She should have also hit Biden on his and other Democrats' support of a lot of the deregulation changes which contributed to our current financial mess. An online Drudge Report poll shows Palin beating Biden by a 3-1 margin. Fox News' Frank Luntz's focus group of undecided Missouri voters in St. Louis reacted much more favorably to Palin than to Biden because they believed Palin did a better job connecting with them. Based upon the reaction of his focus group, Luntz predicted movement towards the McCain-Palin ticket in the coming days.