I was watching the Vice Presidential Debate this evening and I was immediately struck by Governor Palin’s illiterate use of “nu-kew-ler” –the way W says it — instead of the real word, nuclear — as in \ˈnü-klē-ər.
To me, she didn’t have an impressive performance because it was obvious that she was avoiding real, non-scripted answers in favor of those she was able to memorize.
She didn’t completely drown, as she did with Katie Couric last week but by changing the subject away from the questions she was unable to answer she tried to segue into sections of her standard stump speech lines.
But my biggest problem with the governor’s performance came when she answered the question about the powers of the vice-president’s office.
She said, paraphrasing, that she believes in the expanded power of the vice-president’s office. From the New York Times transcript:
PALIN: Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president’s agenda in that position
‘Supportive and cooperative with the president’s agenda’??
So the vice president is a separate branch of government after all. Off the books; do what s/he wants?
This kind of interpretation of the constitution is what has brought us to our current predicament.
Watch out. Vote wisely.