You may fire when ready, Sarah

Joe Biden knows more about Washington policy than Sarah Palin.

There.  I got it out of the way.  We can agree to agree on that.  Joe Biden is the quintessential Washington insider.  They say legislating and sausage-making have one thing in common: nobody really wants to see either process.  And Joe Biden knows an awful lot about at least one of those processes.

Having acknowledged that, let me just say – so what?

Joe Biden has been in the United States Senate since before there were dinosaurs.  And while that gives him a certain knowledge and a certain familiarity with Washington, it aint much of a selling point to an awful lot of voters.

The founding fathers did not particularly want career professional legislators.  What they wanted was people who would come from the real world, serve their nation in the Congress – and then go back home.

Bill O’Reilly made this point: if you need to have surgery, you go to a trained professional board-certified surgeon.  If you need to fly in an airplane, you want a trained professional airline pilot.  There is no school for professional politicians, and there never has been one for the American political experiment.  That’s because the founding fathers did not want inside-the-beltway policy wonks; they wanted real people from the real world.

Do we want a politician who understands the ins and outs of Washington, or do we want a politician who understands you and what you care about?

That’s Sarah Palin’s strength, and that is her secret to victory in tonight’s debate.

Joe Biden is a better politician and in all likelihood a better debater.  It’s all he’s ever done.  He’s politicized and debated all his life.  Sarah Palin has actually lived in the real world, and even her political career has been as far removed from Washington as one can be in the continental United States.

In last week’s presidential debate, John McCain clearly won on substance and on knowledge of policy.  But Barack Obama was declared the winner, because he had the syle-points down.

In the same way, Joe Biden will likely win on substance and on knowledge of policy.  But if Sarah comes out firing as Sarah, she has a real chance of stealing the show because Americans identify with her and relate to her.

Hopefully, Sarah Palin realizes that she doesn’t have to “win,” she only needs to relate in an intelligent, practical way.  And she’s already proven that she knows how to do that.

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4 Responses to “You may fire when ready, Sarah”

  1. lucidpenny Says:

    Agreed.

    Thought you might like to read this:

    http://lucidpenny.wordpress.com/2008/09/29/mccainpalin-voters-dont-eat-your-own/

    Have a good day.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Enjoyed the read.

    Biden has been a walking gaffe, but Palin is torn apart for having a bad interview. She had that Couric interview the DAY her son deployed to Iraq; I’m guessing she wasn’t in A-game focus that day.

    Kathleen Parker is – for me – the real idiot. Even if she were right, and Palin weren’t up to the task, it is too late to dump her. The MSM would run story after story about McCain’s judgment being bad, and he would lose in a landslide. Parker and those like her are the one who needs to step down, not Palin!

    btw, you don’t see it in the media – because its biased – but there’s been a real call for Biden to get dumped, too.

  3. Happy ole Geogi Says:

    You seem somewhat concerned about lucidpenny or am I wrong? I have looked into her site and I am not worried.

    I liked what you said about Miss Sarah’s “strength, and that is her secret to victory” and that came through for her in the debate. I am so happy! America doesn’t need another Icon … all those fine words … blah. Many comments I read in FoxNews concur with your view [and may I add they have been mine since way back] that the people want her simplicity [that is a lot different from what Time will call it] and the way she turned to the people for support. She made Joe look like Slick Willy and there were I bet many firm “give ‘hem what you can” or “sock ‘hem on the nose” encouragements if I read the comments in FoxNews.

    It’s almost as if she read your article just before she stepped onto the stage. She was in full control most of the time. Of course that will not turn the Media into admirers but one thing is sure, they will have to treat her a little better from now on or the people will revolt if they don’t. As for an old fellow like me: she is just wonderful and I have new hope for the polls in November.

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    No, I didn’t intend to show any concern about lucidpenny at all. I read her article, and thought it deserved both my thumbs up.

    I wrote my comment after taking note of some of the things she said in that article. She wrote about conservatives turning on Sarah, and I commented on the most prominent one (Parker), and what I thought about her (idiot).

    Sarah came out and did what she had to do. And it worked. I thought she passed up some great opportunities to go on the offense, but her “common gal’s insight” shown through. She more than held her own with a guy whose been in Washington forever. She won the night.

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