I have had a few fingers wagged at me for being enthusiastic about the candidacy of Sarah ‘Annie Oakley’ Palin, and I have to admit that after Thursday’s debate–and losing the election– maybe I’ll have egg on my face and I’ll have to watch her skulk back North with her tail between her legs.

However, it strikes me that if she is like Annie in the famous musical, Joe Biden is actually pretty much like Frank Butler. Butler, you may remember, is the show’s already established sharp shooter. He’s big, he’s handsome, he’s patronizing– but he’s also arrogant and dumb. He’s always treating the little lady like an upstart, and being upstaged by her because he never quite hits the target.
Now, not wishing to take sides or tell anyone how to vote since that is really, really not allowed in this country where free speech is valued, I thought it would be a good thing to put down here a link which chronicles Joe Biden’s speeches so far in the campaign. How lucky we are to have a candidate who is right up to speed on all the issues, and such a shrewd campaigner.
He’s not in favor of clean coal–and says so in big coal states like Pennsylvania and Ohio that are going through an employment crunch. Smart move! He not only thinks Sarah Palin pretty but has said his own running mate is the first Afro American who is ‘good looking and clean.’ Just a little bit sexist and racist? Naah. That’s the sort of comment that will appeal to all those down home folksy folks in the blue collar states. He’s said one of his own sides’ anti-McCain ads was terrible (without actually seeing it first) But he’s just like Hilary. He’s landed in the midst of sniper fire too…whoops, not really. He also thinks his running mate should have chosen Hilary Clinton instead of him, and best of all, seriously tells the country that in the Wall Street crash of ’29 President Roosevelt went on national TV to reassure the country. The only problem is, Herbert Hoover was president then and TV hadn’t been invented yet.
Never mind. He’s a great guy! He’s a working class hero from Scranton don’t you know! If he’s not up to speed on all the details, that doesn’t matter. After all, he’s only going to be Vice President. Sarah Palin, on the other hand, can’t even sneeze without a hanky and she’s ‘obviously an incompetent, fundamentalist, gun totin’ ditzy piece of Barbie doll trailer trash… 
It will be interesting to see the debate on Thursday. I just wish they’d stand back to back and sing “Anything you can do I can do better, I can do anything better than you…”