Palin’s Public Baby Steps Could Be Biden’s Misteps “Careful Joe”, Chef Sheila

How much does anyone want to bet there will be a huge dust up before Tursday to overshadow the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin?
Alaska’s (not even) one-term governor is hugely popular with the right wing base, but she is also a liability for the Republican ticket. Her oh so painful-to-watch interview last week with Katie Couric of CBS News showed her woeful inexperience. The cavernous gaps in her knowledge of the basic issues, which has reminded voters of McCain’s advanced age at 72, has also sparked questions about what sort of president she would make.

Her performance prompted one right-wing commentator, Kathleen Parker of the National Review, to call on her to quit. “Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves,” she wrote. “She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn.”

That explains why the McCain campaign did not want his running mate anywhere near Friday’s presidential clash in Oxford, Miss. Instead, Palin watched it on TV in Philadelphia, while Biden gave countless interviews in the media “spin room” outside the Obama-McCain debate. However, the CBS interview was buried under a torrent of news about the Wall Street bailout plan.

Woody Allen’s remark — “Eighty per cent of success is just showing up” — Indeed it may for Palin.

Biden must be careful to avoid humiliating her too badly, for fear of being called a sexist bully. As a matter of fact, look for the word Sexist to make its way on the air waves just as a Republican Party Talking Point smear begins in the spin room directly after the debate. Such is the atmosphere of this election. Joe must show respect and possibly a more “Genteel”, or a “Kind Pprofessorial” teaching moment approach while showing his superior knowledge to the audience. He’s got the stuff, but Joe Biden cannot get lost in her barracuda-like attacks.

The Palin Problem By Kathleen Parker



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92 responses to “Palin’s Public Baby Steps Could Be Biden’s Misteps “Careful Joe”, Chef Sheila

  1. Joe is not going to attack Palin, this is definitely one of those great examples of “give a person enough rope….”

  2. dnd

    Yeah, after the Couric interview it’s clear that all Biden needs to do is let Palin talk.

  3. dnd

    Thanks for the link to the Parker piece. My favorite line:

    “If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.”

    That really sums it up. It’s not that she’s clueless. It’s that she’s so clueless she doesn’t see that when she’s trying to bullshit her way out of an issue, she doesn’t see that it’s clear to all that she’s clueless.

  4. Report: Gingrich Stabbed Boehner In Back, Whipped GOP Opposition To Bailout

    I knew this bailout would split the GOP wide open!

  5. chefsheila

    Thanks dnd. I am really afraid that if Joe can be made to be a racist by saying barack is “Clean”, then there is the chance that he could be kind to her and come up with “Sexist” on his face.

    I’m sure the McCain campaign will be looking for an opening.

    I was completely taken aback by Kathleen Parker. She’s a “Say it like it is” pundit. This is another George Will Moment.

  6. chefsheila

    Brian, Gingrich is just making sure Boehner remembers him. 🙂

  7. dnd

    Biden will be called sexist no matter what. That’s a given. He just needs to sit back and let Palin expose herself as the nitwit she is.

  8. Raleigh, N.C. – Benefiting from increased voter concern over the economy and the
    declining popularity of Sarah Palin, Barack Obama has taken a 49-46 lead over John
    McCain in Florida. A PPP survey conducted three weeks ago, right after the Republican
    convention, showed McCain leading by five points in the state.

  9. horsedooty

    had a nice conversation with a guy at the diner this AM. He must be about 75. We talked about politics and how Obama actually has a chance to take Fla and Texas. He hates the Repugs with a fine passion.

  10. dog's eye view

    excellent post Sheila — really well written and perceptive.

  11. Florida maybe, Texas not in a million years

  12. This market crisis is turning into the final stage of Obama’s transition into a president.

    Obama is giving an amazing speech right now in NV.

  13. dnd

    I think Texas voters realize their mistake in gubernatorial, electing Rick Perry over Kinky Friedman. They won’t make the same mistake with the presidential election.

  14. Hi everyone, been busy, and trying to catch up….wow what a few wild days….

    I do not like the idea of the bailout, without an understanding of all the pros and cons…..I am very very uncomfortable with it.

    National City Bank will be next bank to croak in my area…..
    and Fifth Third is close behind…..( I can say first hand 5/3 deserves to fail)….I walked out of there at a signing due to the false information they put on my loan.

  15. horsedooty


    Kinky would have been a terrible governor. Rick Perry is not an improvement but Kinky is just a comedian.

  16. chefsheila

    So without googling. Doots you know where we stand in Texas right now? Thats interesting.

  17. horsedooty


    Texas may well not move to Obama but there are no McCain/Palin yard signs around or bumper stickers. All you see is Obama stuff. It will be interesting.

  18. horsedooty

    Sheila you are included in that last post.

  19. Obama is going to save the bailout, tweak the shit out of it and get the Dems to vote it in without repug support. Real leadership, what a smack down to McCain this is going to be.

  20. chefsheila

    …since I am wtihout a Tele this morning. Brian, did that just come over the wire?

  21. horsedooty

    Obama was giving a speech today.

  22. chefsheila

    Is that what the speech was about?

  23. dnd

    The Kinkster is a great author. Ok, not great, but pretty entertaining. And as Texas has the good sense not to give the governor much power, I’m thinking Kinky would have been as good as Perry.

    ps. I don’t blame Perry that 145,000+ are still without power due to Ike. Years ago I did line work. It’s a major construction effort to get power poles in the ground and wire strung.

  24. horsedooty

    Kinky is more prolific than great in my opinion. He is way to Libertarian for my tastes. Kinky would be a different kind of governor that is for sure.

  25. horsedooty

    Sheila it was a stump speech about the economy and what he wanted to do with it.

  26. Obama just crossed the 5 point threshold in the RCP average for the first time, it’s now 5.1

  27. Guess which party is using the court system to stop early voting in Ohio? Yeah, you guessed it, the same one that tried to run on “legislating from the bench” for the last 8 years…

    Nice, huh?

  28. Brian,

    unclog the drain

  29. trackers:

    Gallup: Obama +6
    Hotline: Obama +6
    Res 2000: Obama +10
    Rasmussen: Obama +6

    Early voting starts in Ohio today, at last week’s end +82,000 had voted in GA, mostly in Dekalb and Fulton counties- Kerry counties by wide margins

  30. let’s not go there.

    Makes me wonder which one of is sedated right now

  31. chefsheila

    thanks guys. I appreciate the kind comments.

  32. Ok, Im going for more saltines now….

  33. dnd

    Sarah Palin is the best thing that could have ever happened to Katie Couric’s career. The reverse is probably not true.

  34. Dnd-

    My wife just got through telling me she couldnt believe I was going to watch tonight. Apparently Palin has made some shitty remarks about Biden being old….just saw a clip on MSNBC.

  35. dnd

    Gotta love what your better half said!

    Hope you’re feeling better after your oral surgery.

    Palin calling Biden old. You just can’t make this kind of stuff up.

  36. dnd

    Sarah Palin says she’s been listening to Biden’s Senate speeches since she was in 2nd grade. I’ve got to give her credit. Paying attention to Biden since she was in 2nd grade, Biden’s first term in the Senate, makes her more of a political junkie than I’d assumed.

  37. dnd

    Dow up 491. Whew!

  38. horsedooty

    isn’t Palin about 42 or so? If she has been listening to Biden’s speeches since she was 2 means Joe has been on the national scene about 40 years. Is that so? I thought he was there about 30 or so years.

  39. horsedooty

    sorry misread the statement . disregard last transmission.

  40. I think its just the stupidity of bringing up age when your running mate is the oldest man ever to seek the WH. Yeah, Stupidity….what other word is there?

    I guess thats supposed to connect her with the base, being stupid.

  41. chefsheila

    I think Tina is connecting more.

  42. Nicely done, Sheila. The Repug spinners already have their ads ready to go declaring a win for Palin just like they did 12 hours before the McCain/Obama debate last Friday. So, it doesn’t really matter what either party says about their candidate as the voter should watch and decide for themselves. I guess that’s why I chose to watch these things on C-Span so as not to let the pundits tell me who won and what they actually said. Have a nice day everyone!

  43. InsiderAdvantage/Poll Position

    Virginia General Election Poll
    Obama 51%
    McCain 45%
    Other 1%
    Undecided 3%

    Ohio General Election Poll

    Obama 47%
    McCain 45%
    Other 1%
    Undecided 7%

  44. I think it’s time to move VA to the blue side, and that’s what we love about the south!

  45. Ohio AND Virginia?

    Dont forget you can vote early in both states- the GOp lost the court case to shut down early voting in Ohio.

  46. They need to get used to losing, the court case is good practice for them.

  47. dog's eye view

    LA Times today:

    Palin’s former aides say under the lipstick is a real pit bull

    subhead: Going into Thursday’s vice presidential debate, Sarah Palin’s former aides and Alaskan political rivals recall the candidate’s jab-with-a-smile skillfulness and warn not to underestimate her.

    …”During Palin’s brief exposure to the high-stakes environment of political debates, she has unnerved both her handlers and her opponents. At times she has been handicapped by her lax approach to learning the nuances of policy and state issues, but she has also projected a Reaganesque ability to offer up pithy answers and charm on camera.

    “The political landscape here is littered with people who have underestimated Sarah Palin,” said Eric Croft, a former state representative who ran for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2006 and appeared with Palin during several early forums. …

    … Biden could face trouble, Alaskan political observers said, if he takes Palin too lightly. But he also has to take care not to be overly aggressive against a candidate who radiates telegenic appeal.”,0,6197388,full.story

  48. chefsheila

    Talk about BIG. I can’t believe it. Not the Coup De Grace, but pretty tough after so many years to hear all of this crap leading up to the war. And just two months after 9/11.

  49. Iceland has just bailed out Glitnir Bank, with the government putting in 600 million euros — $859 million — in return for a 75% stake.

    Iceland has only a bit more than 300,000 people, about 1/1000th the population of the United States. So this was, per capita, the equivalent of an $850 billion bailout here.

    Notice, by the way, that it was an equity injection rather than a purchase of bad debt; I approve.

  50. Karolenna


    I heard someplace (hate to be so shallow but…) that exit polling at some Ohio locations had Obama ahead 80% just for today. God, wouldn’t that be fantastic?

    We are still awaiting our ballots. They should come any day. You might watch this little video about the “kids” and how enthusiastic they about voting early. This is my country, Franklin.

  51. Karolenna

    Meant to say “This is my county, Franklin”.

  52. That’s good newws, Karoleena, and I do believe those early numbers could be right. The key is to bring in the rest of the votes through out the process.

  53. McCain blogger gripes about turnout in early voting in Cuyohoga County, Ohio. This person urges GOP voters to vote now….

    Personally, i say that’s fine. All I want is for the election to be fair.

  54. dog's eye view

    Gwen Ifill will be moderating debate with a broken ankle. She tripped on the stairs Monday.

    Hope she is comfortable. Gwen: we are counting on you for an informative debate.

  55. Kathy

    Sheila- well written post-

    I am sending positive thoughts and prayers Gwen Ifill’s way- so glad that the moderator is a female-

  56. “After several weeks of volatility surrounding the conventions and initial reaction to the Wall Street debacle, the race for the White House appears to have entered a new phase of stability.”

    Rasmussen tracker- Obama +6

  57. chefsheila

    + 10! +10! =10!…….{Sheila rooting for momentum}

  58. chefsheila

    Steve, I’ve trusted Quinpiac in the past, I wonder how they acheived this poll result? I would like it to be a solid snap shot for today.

  59. chefsheila

    OMG Look at these polls this morning……lolol Holy Moly.

    Look at the COngressional too

  60. chefsheila

    23/6 is hilarious today. Go to the Biden debate practice and click on the slide show with captions. all the way through now. Its cute.

  61. geez just looked at those quinnipac numbers, AMAZING!

  62. chefsheila

    Its like Christmas. Hope New Year is here soon.

  63. Did you check out the Franklin/Marshal poll, +7 in PA

    The sinking economy is buoying Barack Obama’s prospects over John McCain in Pennsylvania, a statewide poll of registered voters shows.

    Obama maintains a 7-point lead, 45 percent to 38 percent — about the same advantage he held in August, according to a Franklin & Marshall Poll conducted between Sept. 23 and Sunday for the Tribune-Review, WTAE-TV and other news outlets.

    “It’s not like there is a sea-change on the outside, but if you look inside the poll, the fundamentals are shifting in Obama’s favor,” said poll director G. Terry Madonna. “Obama’s support is a little better among women and independents, President Bush’s job performance is down, and the economy is worse. McCain needs some kind of breakout moment.”

  64. chefsheila

    I would like to see a 10 – 15 point lead in Pennsylvania. That would be a great present.

  65. The thing is to get the votes in NOW…dont let them set up roadblocks, not enough voting machines, voter challenges and all the other tricks. Its fair and easy. they get the same opportunities as we do. Polls dont mean jack. What matters is getting our people to the polls and in the box now before the last minute tricks.

    Just over a month left. Hit the accelerator.

  66. chefsheila

    My Bust. I need more coffee.

    Poll: Obama has 15-point lead over McCain in Pennsylvania

  67. chefsheila

    Ok Steve, I’ll raise you. I want Missouri…..I want the home of Clair McCaskill. 🙂

  68. MSNBC just said among new voters Obama 61%, McCain 30%

  69. chefsheila

    Obama Campaign registered voters drive is paying off with 61% going for Obama. How’s that for a community organizer…..

  70. From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann
    *** A new generation? A brand-new NBC/WSJ/MySpace poll is further evidence that the number of new voters who turn out on Election Day could very well decide the presidential contest. According to the survey, new and lapsed voters (those who didn’t vote in 2004) back Obama over McCain by a 2-to-1 margin, 61%-30%.

  71. horsedooty

    “MSNBC just said among new voters Obama 61%, McCain 30%”

    just heard that. now if we can just get the little fu*kers to the polls in Nov.

  72. chefsheila

    Bread and Butter Brian. lol

  73. chefsheila

    Bread and Butter Doots

  74. Well, something is going on in Missouri because mcCain is in there today. Maybe St Louis and KC will turn out. At least tie down resources there.

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