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Tonight is Sarah Palin’s to lose. If she listens to her handlers she’ll bomb, if she listens to her instincts, she’ll kill.

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  • Tim Lyman

    Gwen Ifill is introducint the debate, no doubt calculating how much she’ll make on book sales.

  • Anonymous

    On October 5, 2004, Ifill moderated the vice-presidential debate between Republican candidate Dick Cheney and Democratic candidate Senator John Edwards. During the debate, Cheney said he would need more than the allotted 30 seconds to react to a statement by Edwards, Ifill told him “Well, that’s all you’ve got.” Ifill said that although it was not her intent, Democratic partisans were delighted with her because she was seen as being “snippy” to Cheney.

  • Anonymous

    “96% of Obama’s quotes have been along party lines.” “We are tired of the old politics.”

    Sarah Palin, 1 minute ago.

  • Tim Lyman

    First question is on the bailout. What a surprise. Bisden blames it all on Bush and plugs Obama. Another surprise. Totally scripted answer.

  • Tim Lyman

    Crowd is totally hostile to Palin.

  • Publius

    Ifill did not inform the debate commission about her book: The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, though it has been available for some time on pre-sale and has been mentioned in several major media outlets in the months preceding the debate.

    The moderator writes a book on Obama?

    Will someone tell me how that’s a fair choice for a moderator??

  • Hilo

    The moderator said nothing about her book. Bad start

  • Tim Lyman

    It is clear to me from the mocking tone of some of the other bloggers here that there are people here who don’t realize that there are Americans who talk that way.

  • Mr. Prediction

    Palin said Obama raised taxes 94 times. Thats good.

    Plain personal example of lowering taxes, how do you stop that?

  • Tim Lyman

    Biden just plugged Obama’s bogus tax plan. Palin brings up small business, she needs to hammer on this, Slams Biden for “patriotic” tax remarks.

  • Tim Lyman

    Moderator bias obvious as Ifill asks Palin to “defend” McCain’s health plan.

    • Anonymous

      How is that a bias?

  • Tim Lyman

    Ifill asks Biden what plans they’ll have to cut in light of bailout. Biden doesn’t answer, but rips into McCain.

  • Tim Lyman

    Palin clearly not as good as dodging the question and shifting to the answer she wants to give as Biden. A sign of honesty, perhaps, but not helpful in a debate.

  • Anonymous

    “Revelation made aware” Did Sarah just say that?

    Good English.

  • Anonymous

    Third misspeak for Biden, “quote” “I’m paraphrasing.”

  • Tim Lyman

    Palin flails on energy in response to question on bankruptcy. Whoever coached her needs to be fired.

  • Affordable Energy

    “Drill baby, drill!”

  • Tim Lyman

    Palin seems to be finding a rhythm. She needs to remember the cardinal rule of shutting up once you’ve made your point.

  • Marriage

    “Anything but tolerant.” What does that mean?

  • Tim Lyman

    Biden just lied about Obama’s support for gay marriage.

    • Anonymous

      Barack Obama voted against a Federal Marriage Amendment and opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.

      He said he would support civil unions between gay and lesbian couples, as well as letting individual states determine if marriage between gay and lesbian couples should be legalized.

      “Giving them a set of basic rights would allow them to experience their relationship and live their lives in a way that doesn’t cause discrimination,” Obama said. “I think it is the right balance to strike in this society.”
      Sources: Chicago Daily Tribune, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

      https://lesbianlife.about.com/od/lesbianactivism/p/BarackObama.htm

      • Publius

        If that’s not a lie, I don’t know what is.

  • Tim Lyman

    Beer line is a mile long. What’s worse than a gig that doesn’t pay? A gig where you can’t get a beer.

  • two=fer

    Biden brought up Iraqs 80 billion.

    palin has no response.

  • Hilo

    Moderator: What worse Iran or Pakistan?

    What a terrible question. Pick your disaster?

    • Publius

      Let’s like the question, “have you stopped beating your wife yet?”

      I’m not the smartest guy on the block. But I still know a stupid question from an intelligent question.

  • Hilo

    Enough foreign policy…let us move on!

  • whoa

    Biden, as best ally of Israel in Senate.

    What about Joe Liberman, he is Jewish

  • two=fer

    YES!
    There is nodifferene between Bush
    Biden is right.

    No response from Palin
    This argument works

  • Publius

    Okay, being fair, red herring’s are Palin’s sweet suite. She should just answer the darn questions.

  • Tim Lyman

    Palin has finally found her groove. I finally broke down and waited in teh booze line, so maybe I’ll find mine.

    Biden gives a gore-like sigh during palin’s answer. Mean Joe is starting to come out.

  • Hilo

    I repeat enough on foreign policy.

    Only 25 minutes left,

  • Tim Lyman

    Everyone’s new favorite Bidenism: “Bosniaks.”

  • Tim Lyman

    Discussion on Darfur.

    The unfortunate reality is that the rest of the world doesn’t care and wouldn’t help us out.

    Palin nailing Biden on negative comments he made about Obama’s Iraq policies before he was VP pick.

  • Tim Lyman

    Biden asked how his policy would differ from Obama’s if Obama died in office.

    IMOH, this is what Biden dreams of every night. It’s the only shot (no pun intended) he’ll ever have at the presidency.

  • Tim Lyman

    Palin says Biden’s wife’s reward is in heaven. Not sure if she meant the double entendre.

  • two=fer

    Sarah is reading her notes!

    Bad grades

    • Anonymous

      Biden was as well…of course, two wrongs don’t make a right….

  • Tim Lyman

    Crowd REALLY hates it when Palin refers to McCain as Maverick.

  • Tim Lyman

    Biden pulls roe v wade out. Crowd response very light.

  • Tim Lyman

    Question on bipartisanship.

    I have never been able to figure out why this is such a big deal. I don’t want Republicans who agree wiht Democrats, and I don’t think Democrats want D’s who go along with Republicans. IMHO, the coziness of the Senate is one of our boggest problems.

  • Publius

    Well…overall a good debate. Kinda felt empty some how though.

  • Tim Lyman

    Democrats will say Biden won and Republicans will say Palin won. I’ll call it a draw.

    Crowd spent so much time booing Palin’s closing remarks they didn’t hear the first part of Biden’s.

  • Tim Lyman

    Democrats will say Biden won and Republicans will say Palin won. I’ll call it a draw.

    Crowd spent so much time booing Palin’s closing remarks they didn’t hear the first part of Biden’s.

    Clearly this crowd had it’s mind made up before the debate.

    No event with a Bus Project table in the lobby, and no other groups with table space, said to be “non-partisan.”

    Unfortunately, this is exactly what I expected. The follow-up interviews on KOIN, the event’s sponsor will undoubtably reflect the bias of the crowd.

  • Jeff Alworth

    Well guys, you are to be admired for coming to Hawthorne, occupied territory, to liveblog. Viva la democracy!

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