Saturday, October 04, 2008

John McCain's Choice Exceeds Expectations

Walter Mondale - Bob Dole
Geraldine Ferraro - George Bush
Lloyd Bentzen - Dan Quayle
Al Gore - Dan Quayle
Al Gore - Jack Kemp
Joe Lieberman - Dick Cheney
John Edwards - Dick Cheney
Joe Biden - Sarah Palin

I think this list is the complete list of the major party Vice Presidential debates in our history. These debates have included some interesting moments. Think of these 13 folks and their debates. The most famous moment was likely Lloyd Bentzen's stinging put-down of a stunned Dan Quayle in 1988:
"Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy."
- Lloyd Bentzen, after Quayle had compared his own experience to that of John Kennedy.
None of these candidates, including the hapless Quayle, however, were as incomprehensible, unresponsive, or glib as the winking "you betcha" Governor who has been fearlessly guarding the Bering Strait as Putin "rears his head".

Joe Biden deftly torpedoed what few relatively coherent arguments Gov. Palin made. He beautifully stated the case for the Democratic ticket and gave a heartfelt defense of his own understanding of the real life struggles of ordinary people.

John McCain's choice to lead the free world in the aftermath of a Presidential calamity?

Well... she exceeded expectations.

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