JEFF PEARLMAN

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The debate

Watched it late last night, enjoyed it tremendously. Thought Palin handled herself very well for the first 10 minutes, then quickly vanished into a vapor of moronity (not a word, but, hey, it’s my blog). I don’t really feel that great about my next VP winking and grinning her way through a serious debate; of 8,000 references to “soccer moms,” “hockey moms” and “mavericks.”

Truth is, I’m a sub-intelligent writer from New York with no political experience. And had I been given the time to prep for this event (that Palin received), I’d have done better.

This, from andrewsullivan.com:

Katie Couric asked the vice presidential nominees what is the “best and worst thing that Dick Cheney has done as Vice President?” Biden on Cheney’s worst thing:

I think he’s done more harm than any other single elected official in memory in terms of shredding the constitution. You know –condoning torture. Pushing torture as a policy. This idea of a unitary executive. Meaning the Congress and the people have no power in a time of war. And the President controls everything. I don’t have any animus toward Dick Cheney but I really do think his attitude about the constitution and the prosecution of this war has been absolutely wrong.

What about Palin? Here’s her answer:

Worst thing I guess that would have been the duck hunting accident–where you know, that was an accident. And I think that was made into a caricature of him. And that was kind of unfortunate. So the best thing though, he’s shown support, along with George W. Bush, of our troops. And I’ve been there when George Bush has spoken to families of those who have suffered greatly, those who are serving in the military. I’ve been there when President Bush has embraced those families and expressed the concern and the sympathy speaking for all of America in those times. And for Dick Cheney to have supported that effort of George Bush’s, I respect that.