“Joe six pack and hockey moms”
She came from Alaska, she winked at the camera, and she talked the talk to Americans at "their kitchen table."
She came from Alaska and stared down the barrel of the camera to her audience, but Sarah Palin proved a brash communicator in today’s Vice Presidential Debate, showing why she has attracted such media in the US.
Governor Palin addressed her message to “Joe six pack and hockey moms.” She even winked -twice. She mentioned Alaska so many times you could have thought she was running for Alaska.
But she looked a lot fresher than the greying Joe Biden Jr., whose media skills didn’t seem quite so adept. Palin even managed to come up with firm answers to a cross section of subjects including the financial meltdown, tax, energy, same sex marriage, and wars, several of them.
In capturing local voter frustration, she said people were crying, “Government just get out of my way” and that her Palin / McCain ticket was the answer.
“We’re gonna fight for America,” she added, and she echoed Ronald Reagan and a call to fight for freedom.
When it came to Iraq and Afghanistan, Palin leaned on her running mate, war hero John McCain.
“He knows what evil is,” she said. “He’ll know how to win a war.” She also spoke of leaving Iraq with “victory” close at hand.
Palin had plenty of sound bites that packaged her as a woman of the people.
In contrast, Biden initially traded off his experience but later tried to match her with her everyman talk, inviting her to see how tough the locals were doing it, “come up to Scranton” he said. Borrowing Palin’s descriptive language, he said he understood what it’s like to sit around the kitchen table too, “lookin’ for help.”
Compared to the Obama v McCain debate this event was far more interesting.
By the end of the 90 mins, it was hard not to see Palin as the winner for her charisma …..but will America let her anywhere near the oval office?