I don’t usually comment on the debates. I don’t do play-by-play and in story terms these debates have basically been yawners.
But one moment from the VP Debate has stuck with me. Palin set it up early by conspicuously asking Biden, “Can I call you, Joe.” Then later when he brought up McCain’s record she pulled the trigger with “Say it ain’t so, Joe. There you go again, looking backwards.”
Biden’s reply when asked to respond by moderator Gwen Ifill, “Gwen, as you know, past is prologue,” seemed awfully academic to me given Palin’s down home diction. But now a video has come out that shows Biden may have been doing a little setting things up of his own.
This video is long – 13 minute - so it is preaching to the choir, but it seems to be designed to tell the Dem faithful what they need to know to pivot character attacks on Obama back to their strong point, the economy. Don't have 13 minutes? The trailer is only 30 seconds.
In McCain’s defense at least initially he seemed to learn his lesson from the Keating fiasco and he earned his reputation as driver of the “Straight Talk Express” by being open and honest about his mistakes with reporters. But now, in an analogous situation, he seems to be ducking even off the record interviews. Am I the only one that finds that strange?