September 29, 2008

THE ADVICE OUGHTN'T BE HOW TO DEBATE WOMEN...:

Democrats on Hill Worried About Biden at Debate (Jake Tapper, September 29, 2008, Political Punch)

[A]s the two vice presidential nominees prepare for their one debate this Thursday, there are a number of Democrats who, off the record, say they're worried that despite his far greater breadth of knowledge, Biden could whiff it.

He can be verbose and has a propensity for gaffes, they say. The son-of-Scranton candor they usually find charming can sometimes seem reckless or insensitive.

That Biden will be debating the first Republican woman vice presidential nominee makes his challenge all the greater.

In recent weeks, in fact, Biden has taken advice from Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, presumably offering tips on how to debate women without seeming sexist or bullying.

On Sunday, Obama’s chief strategist David Axelrod sought to lower expectations. Much of this is spin, but some of it is quite legitimately rooted in Biden's occasional charge to open-mouth-insert-foot.


...but how they used their sex to their advantage in debates. And that isn't even the biggest problem he faces. Ms Palin's task could hardly be easier here: every time she's called on she raises a position that Joe Biden and Barrack Obama have taken in the Senate and forces him to defend it. Not only does this allow her to fill in their blanks with a portrait of how liberal their records are but there is pretty nearly zero chance that Senator Biden can control himself and avoid condescending, blustering and outright fibbing when he's on the defensive.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 29, 2008 7:44 AM
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