The Main Stream Media (MSM) doesn’t get it. While they cannot stand Sarah Palin, the American heartland and working people in the US are liking the Governor from Alaska. As Sarah Palin stepped onto the national stage for the VP debate, the MSM and her critics warned America that she just wasn’t ready for prime time. The legacy media, ABC News and CBS News took their turns with pre-debate “interviews” designed to dismiss and cripple Governor Palin as a serious Vice Presidential candidate. Then the Obama campaign played the “she is a great debater” card, thinking that they could use elevated expectations to diminish her performance. And Joe Biden, while well prepared and coached, attempted to use his 36 years of experience in the US Senate to overwhelm the American public with his knowledge and unwavering support of Barack Obama. Governor Palin simply asked Senator Biden if she could call him Joe, and proceeded to speak directly to the American people. In Governor Palin’s own words: “I may not answer the question the way the moderator or you want, but I’m going to answer and talk straight to the American people.”
Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin http://michellemalkin.com/ headlined her blog: Sarah Rocks: Sarah Palin is the real deal. Five weeks on the campaign trail, thrust onto the national stage, she rocked tonight’s debate. She was warm, fresh, funny, confident, energetic, personable, relentless, and on message. She roasted Obama’s flip-flops on the surge and tea-with-dictators declarations, dinged Biden’s bash-Bush rhetoric, challenged the blame-America defeatism of the Left, and exuded the sunny optimism that energized the base in the first place.
Meanwhile, back at the legacy media “round table” on CNN on Thursday night, the talking heads spent most of their time trying to explain why Senator Joe Biden won the night, and while attempting to dismiss Governor Palin’s performance. For the MSM, Sarah Palin is so far outside their “Obama all the time” script, that they miss the obvious: that most Americans in the middle and in the heartland (and Alaska) like Sarah Palin. CNN’s own poll showed that Palin was more likeable (54%) that Biden (36%). However their media graphic focused on their biased poll that said Biden did the best job (51%) as compared to Palin (35%).
Sarah took the questions as Gwen Ifill (referred to as “Age of Obama” by journalist and media blogger Michele Malkin) served them up to the VP candidates. Governor Palin used a direct approach, straight forward answers and ability to connect with the TV audience. This was in contrast to Senator Biden’s left leaning rehearsed lines and Bush-bashing responses. Sure, Senator Biden’s 35-year history and experince in the US Senate showed in the VP debate. As a 6-term Washington insider, he should know the topics. But Governor Palin, in a classic line said, “Say it ain’t, Joe!” You did it again. Looking backwards again! Sarah Palin was alive, ready to go and gave the senior Senator from Delaware all that he could handle.
My guess is that the Obama campaign is desperately trying to spin the VP debate as a win. The MSM is doing all they can to help. Meanwhile, the American people are wondering, “Why is this Alaskan Governor causing such heartburn and angst with the MSM, the Washington elite and Hollywood left?” What a difference straight talk to the American people can make. Harry Truman and Ronald Regan demonstrated that. While Sarah Palin is only the #2 on the ticket, her support could make the difference for John McCain this race for President.
© 2008, Jasper Welch, Four Corners Media www.jasperwelch.org