Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 | 2:05 a.m.
I would like to offer some observations on the Joe Biden-Sarah Palin debate that I did not hear from the pundits.
Palin repeatedly spoke with a big, forced smile. I found that not only unconvincing but also annoying, something that she had picked up from her Miss Alaska contest as well as from three days of intensive coaching before the debate. It did not seem genuine! Also, at none of the five colleges she attended did she learn how to pronounce the word “nuclear” (more of President Bush).
One of the most important statements Biden made pertained to judicial philosophy. John McCain has made it plain that if he has the opportunity, he will appoint far-right, ideological Supreme Court judges the country will have to live with probably through another generation.
Unfortunately the only opportunity to mention this was in a rather subtle way. I wonder how many voters think about that long-term effect of the election.
Also, when Palin repeatedly attempted to dissociate McCain from Bush, Biden’s retort was quite appropriate, even though not original: “The past is prologue.” That appears to be true in regard to McCain’s past support of the Bush policies as well as his campaign promises.