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Maybe counterpunch is too obvious

October 3, 2008 - Lee Smith
I watched the vice presidential debate on Thursday and didn't come away with any major concerns or surprises. Both candidates have their strengths and weaknesses.

If one thing stands out for me, it was not the performance of the much-scrutinized Sarah Palin, but that of Democratic Sen. Joe Biden. I was very much reminded of the debate performances of 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Both men put such an emphasis on their detailed knowledge of minute intricacies in legislation or policy. Biden talks a mile a minute.

At some point, Republicans must have adopted a "folksy" debate strategy because they (neither Palin nor George W. Bush in 2004) don't seem to do a good job of countering this wonkish talk coming from Democrats. It seems to me all one would need to say is, "Joe Biden seems to have an answer for everything; unfortunately every answer involves getting the federal government involved deeper in our lives."

Maybe everyone just knows it already.


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