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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Dating Joe Biden

Thursday night was, Sarah Palin says, like most first dates, a bit awkward at first.

"There was a lot of eye contact," she recalls, "and it was pleasant. It was, hey, you know, we're both in this together. We both understand what each other would be going through at this time. Kind of wondering, what's coming next...So, that connection, it was some good chemistry. And again, at least I had a ball. It was fun."

Right off, she tried to put Joe Biden at ease with a two-handed handshake, asking "Can I call you Joe?" (Some media cynics saw this as a set-up so she could later use the line from the Black Sox scandal, "Say it ain't so, Joe," but these people have no romance in their souls.)

The post-debate parsing of the Palin-Biden brief encounter goes on. In one focus group, her own gender liked Palin's strength and confidence, and the married women particularly responded to her "folksiness" and "down-to-earth" personality, but...

"That personal regard, however, didn't necessarily mean they wanted to see her in the White House. 'I'd like to have lunch with Sarah,' said one married woman, 'but have Joe running my country.'"

In microscopic analysis of their monumental meeting, a language monitoring service has found that "Gov. Sarah Palin spoke at a more than ninth-grade level and Sen. Joseph Biden spoke at a nearly eighth-grade level."

That might explain the ultimate lack of sparks from their date: She was talking over his head.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOL, Regardless of your so called experts opinion on the VP Sarah Palin neither thinks nor speaks over anyones head. Certainly not Joe Bidens.

Stimpson said...

In her bluffing and bafflegab, she used some big words. That explains the "grade 9 plus" assessment of the language she used.
Reminds me of a scene in A Fish Called Wanda. Kevin Kline says he's not an ape, saying (I'm paraphrasing here) 'Apes don't read philosophy' Jamie Lee Curtis responds: 'Yes, they do. They just don't understand it.'