National Review's Rich Lowry writes:
A very wise TV executive once told me that the key to TV is projecting through the screen. It's one of the keys to the success of, say, a Bill O'Reilly, who comes through the screen and grabs you by the throat. Palin too projects through the screen like crazy. I'm sure I'm not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, "Hey, I think she just winked at me." And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing.
It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America.
Indeed! Like Arianna Huffington wrote elsewhere:
In fact, I have always thought the debates were nothing more than made-for-tv entertainment! Saw a headline in the Boston Herald today saying "Both still standing" ..as if it was a HBO special boxing match and they expected a KO or something! With 90 seconds given to given an answer, it is easy to not answer a question, let time run out and move on to the next question*. It was not Iffil's fault, it's just the fault of the format for the debates here in the US. Couric did a good job by comparison because she did not let Palin get away without answering a question.
And we all saw how Palin fared in that interview (and the one before that with Gibson). Expectedly, she was uncomfortable with the whole experience (and probably plans to hide from the media even more in days to come) and today she was on Faux News whining about Couric; like a little kid going to her mom and complaining about being harassed by a bully in the playground!
"The Sarah Palin in those interviews was a little bit annoyed," she said. "It's like, man, no matter what you say, you are going to get clobbered. If you choose to answer a question, you are going to get clobbered on the answer. If you choose to try to pivot and go to another subject that you believe that Americans want to hear about, you get clobbered for that too."
Can imagine the response from her Fair & Balanced buddies: "I tell you...that Couric is so sexist - doesn't understand women what it takes to be a woman! Oh what? Oh ok...in that case, she's a liberal elitist from the immoral coast!" Take it away... OReilly & co..... mouth off!
Meanwhile, McCain's all touched and emotional :)
* Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart