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Hot or Not II
I was very surprised when I found out that the vice presidential debate was more widely watched than the presidential debate. It would be hard to deny the fact that the major draw for this debate was Sarah Palin. I don't think that Joe Biden had the charisma or intrigue to garner such an audience. I wasn't sure what it was about Sarah Palin that draws so much interest, but after watching the debate I think I have an idea.For being a novice and inexperienced, she stood her ground against the tenured Biden. There was a lot of talk about how she would present herself and if her inexperience would show during the debate. She passed that test with flying colors. There is something about this woman's ability to deliver a message and make a connection with the audience. Her background is one that many of us can relate to. We all know someone who has a pregnant teen, or a child at war or a special-needs kid. This puts her in a category that no other candidate can claim to have been a part of.While these qualities might not make her a savvy politician, it goes a long way for people to be able to identify with her more as a person than a politician. Maybe that's the draw; everyone wants to know more about this woman, including the skeletons in her closet. She is almost like a reality TV star because there is so much interest in her personal life as well as her public life. McCain, Obama and Biden don't have this to contend with.For all her lack of experience, I think she makes a very fascinating candidate. Maybe her naivete is what is endearing about her. Just as I say this, I can almost hear many who think otherwise and would accuse me of being ignorant. Let's make one thing clear: I'm not judging her on the facts that she presented at the debate or if she is qualified to be the vice president. I'm just trying to understand what makes this woman the most intriguing and debated candidate.During the debate, Biden's tactic was to promote Obama and attack McCain. He followed the script well. All too well - because it sounded a lot like what a politician would rattle off in a speech. Sarah Palin, however, chose to even ignore some of the questions and spoke directly to the American people. While she rendered support to McCain, she was most often debating and pleading her cause with the camera. That was somewhat refreshing. She almost seemed like the candidate pleading for votes for the Palin-McCain ticket.I still don't understand how both candidates can get away with so many inaccuracies in their debate. How they spin some things is beyond me. That's one reason why I don't give much credence to the facts that are spewed out by candidates at the debate. I was more interested in how they presented themselves as potential leaders of this country. While it was easier to picture Biden as president, there was something uncanny, almost surreal, in thinking that Sarah Palin could be the president of the United States. She will probably make mistakes - maybe she will be a flop - but one thing is for sure: She will always be a captivating and intriguing persona in the world of politics.