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  •  I also think that the Bentsen zinger, while (0+ / 0-)

    adored by the media and Dem partisans, it came across as incredibly patronizing, mean, petty and condescending, which is how I'm sure the swing voters saw it.

    In hindsight it completely backfired.

    Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty ::Thomas Jefferson::

    by Jeremy10036 on Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 06:27:56 AM PDT

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    •  No, it made no difference (0+ / 0-)

      It didn't backfire at all, it did brand Quayle as inept and inexperienced, but it wasn't enough to change the dynamic of the campaign.

      •  It Was a Case of Narrative Replacement (1+ / 0-)
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        The tank "incident" and the Willy Horton ad overwhelmed it. There may have been an effect but it was swamped by other things. There may have been a positive or negative effect from the first debate but the market meltdown narrative has replaced it. (It seems so long ago hasn't it?)  Even if Sarah Palin acquits herself well tonight -- which I think she will given the format -- it won't make any difference.

        Experience is a proxy for stability and sound judgment. When I have done hiring I often toss the resume and look for so-called soft skills. Oftentimes you don't have an exact match for the experience part. Yet, if the job candidate has the sound judgment you can overcome ignorance with education and surrounding yourself with good counselors. The reason you want experience is so that you have enough of a track record to make a judgment on the candidate's character and ability, but the experience per se is not enough, cf. Dole in '96.

        Long story, short. Even if Palin goes from a negative to a neutral (which I believe is her best case scenario) it's not enough. A fatal defect at the top of ticket dooms you as shown in '88. What Quayle also taught us is that she is political toast. Look for Romney and Huckabee in 2012. The social conservatives will not be tolerant of another bubblehead next time. They will take Martin Luther's quote to heart: "Better to be ruled by wise Turk than a foolish Christian."

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