So, a day and a half after the Debate to End all Debates, the group consensus* seems to be that Palin did wonderfully in the eyes of conservatives (especially male ones who admitted to being a bit turned on by her performance; via), and not as awful as most liberals thought she would, as long as you don’t take things like facts into account. I think the flow chart below accurately summarizes the liberal viewpoint, though I wish it had incorporated “contrived folksiness” or “deliberate mentions of the word ‘nucular’ “:
[Source: adennak at Daily Kos]
Another important point that it makes is that Palin was reading off pre-prepared index cards the entire time, and apparently was diligently shuffling through them most of the time Biden was speaking. And she may also have had an earplant – thought that didn’t stop her from calling Senator Biden “O’Biden”, saying that there was a toxic mess on “Main Street” that had now spread to Wall Street, confusing Afghanistan general David McKiernan with former White House press secretary Scott McClellan, and attributing a John Winthrop quote to Ronald Reagan. Oh, and also looking like a ridiculous Republican puppet as she parroted talking points that have ceased to make any kind of sense. But I digress.
In other news, the saga of the mosque in Ohio that I wrote about last week continues. I learned from Latoya at Racialicious that, according to the local police, there is no evidence that this was a hate crime:
“The men didn’t say anything to her (before she was sprayed),” Biehl said. “There was nothing left at the scene or anything that makes us believe this is a biased crime.”
Cara at The Curvature explains why this is a crock of shit, and Jesse at Racialicious examines the mainstream media’s reluctance to use the word ‘terrorist’, even when it is apt and correct, except in very specific situations (namely, when the perpetrators are not white). An Alternet article makes mention of the fact that (presumably worldwide) 50 to 70 percent of the victims of terrorism are Muslim, but because that doesn’t fit into the racist narrative of “the people from the [Middle] East hate our freedoms!”, we don’t hear about it.
This may seem like a moot point at this juncture, now that both houses of Congress have passed the bailout, but Alternet has an illuminating article on why, exactly, conservatives in the House originally opposed the bailout, and how it was not because of an overwhelming concern for the American people.
In the “when will people admit that the McCain campaign has jumped the ship?” category, his adviser Richard Fontaine has stated that McCain’s fling with a Brazilian beauty queen 50 years ago is a good example of his Latin American foreign policy experience. I imagine that his having been born in Panama is another good example.
And that’s the latest in news stories you should be aware of!
*And I do mean group; according to Nielsen, the debate was the most-watched VP debate in history, surpassing the Ferraro-Bush debate in ’84, and, as I predicted, more than last week’s presidential debate; via. In case you have been living under a rock and missed the debate, this 10-minute-long video does a pretty good job of showing a lot of the highlights.