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Good God. Watch this clip. Let's leave aside the fact that at eight, she almost certainly had no idea who Joe Biden was, the attack is little more than a half-ass passive aggressive jab on Joe Biden's age. Lemme get this straight: 1.) We know seniors vote. 2.) We know John McCain is older than Joe Biden. 3.) We know John McCain really needs seniors to be for him. 4.) We know young people are for Obama. So I ask, how does this attack make sense? Moreover, in the interview, she doesn't even deliver it effectively. It's basically a bad attack delivered at the wrong target.

Seriously, I don't get this. An attack on Biden as a "Washington insider" and Palin as the "outside reformer" would makes sense. Instead they seem to have gone with, "Well we can't attack Obama for inexperience anymore, so we'll attack Joe Biden for being too old, and hope that no one notices that our guy is even older." Who are these people? Seriously, who is scripting this? Are her handlers fools? Are these the people we are supposed to be scared of? Are you serious?

Sarah: You are not a pit-bull, you are weak-sauce incarnate. These men who are coming for you are not playing. I know it looks like they're sweethearts, but they do not come to dance. If you're going to take a swing at them, take a fucking swing. You're going to have to come harder than this.

UPDATE: Oh my god. I'm watching a live broadcast online. Katie just asked her what newspapers and magazines and books she's read. I bullshit you not. She couldn't name a single one--not one.

UPDATES #2: She was best on social issues. She made a decent case for being pro-life, and came off pretty soft on homosexuality. Of course her calling it a "choice" bugged me. But I'm not the audience.

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