Urbin Report

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The VP debate

I'm commenting on twitter.

Palin did very well. A member of a "group of undecided voters" pointed out that based on the "edited interviews" with Couric, Palin was expected to do much worse.

Biden didn't gaffe and did a solid job of trying to defend Barak Obama.
He has been a member of that premier debate club, the US Senate for the past 36 years.

Gov. Palin has been on the national stage for five weeks, and she held her own against Biden. That was not according to the MSM's script.

No knockdowns or knockouts though. Expect CBS, MSNBC and CNN to score it as a victory for Biden.

Update: Biden said the the powers of the Executive Branch were described in Article I of the Constitution. Sorry Senator, but Article I is about the Legislative Branch.
Article 1 does describe the duties of the Vice-President in regards to the Legislative Branch, specifically in the Senate, though. It states in Article I, Section 3:

The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.

The Senate shall choose their other officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the office of President of the United States.


It's pretty clear that Gov. Palin gave a more accurate description of what the Constitution actually said than the wonkish Senator Biden.

As President of the Senate, the Vice President presides over the Senate. That is a much broader roll than just voting in the case of a tie, which Senator Biden tried to claim was the limit of the Vice President's role in the Senate.