I'm with Andrew on this one, particularly after watching the debate, in which Gwen Ifill, for whatever reason, chose against toughness. Palin seemed to have a head stuffed with answers, though not answers to the questions being asked. I understand the strategy here -- she argues that the MSM is irrelevant and evil in order to avoid press conferences. It's a ridiculous argument, of course; the McCain campaign's actual, internal argument against press conferences is simple: the candidate might melt under the pressure of rapid-fire questioning from people who won't back down (I'll be in the last row, preemptively yelling "Answer the question!" I'm pro-preemption, as you know). The only thing Palin proved is that she has a gift for memorization, and for reading note cards. Biden, on the other hand, seemed like an authentic leader. When he chooses not to blow hard, he's quite the senator.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to email@example.com.