my standard line after these things is, “well, it doesn’t really matter what I thought”.
but two points struck me immediately during this debate. The first was the VP question. Palin gave a rambling answer saying that it was a good thing to expand the powers of the vice president’s office:
I’m thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president if that vice president so chose to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the president’s policies and making sure too that our president understands what our strengths are.
The Senate’s role is to be supportive of the president’s policies?
Biden gave a direct and damning answer about the role of the VP, saying that Cheney has been the worst VP ever and that the role of the VP is clearly spelled out in the Constitution.
Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history. The idea he doesn’t realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that’s the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that.
I don’t think there are many people out there who think Dick Cheney has been a positive force for the country.
The second moment that really struck me was the moment when Biden choked up talking about the car crash that killed his wife and daughter and left his sons in the hospital.
Palin came back with her rote answer on John McCain being a maverick. I can’t do it justice here in text, but the insensitivity of her remarks following Biden’s very real moment was tremendous.