2008年10月4日土曜日

泣きが売りの米民主党

バイデンが声を詰まらせた。
バイデンが副大統領候補者討論で最初の妻と娘の交通事故の話をした時声を
詰まらせた。
現在の妻は選対として了解しているのだろうか。
ヒラリーも泣いてみせたことがあった
米民主党は泣きがうりのようだ。


Biden chokes up talking wife and child who died before Xmas


---副大統領候補のテレビ公開討論会、視聴者が過去最高を記録---
2008.10.04 Web posted at: 17:13 JST Updated - CNN/AP
http://www.cnn.co.jp/usa/CNN200810040020.html

米副大統領選候補、共和党のサラ・ペイリン・アラスカ州知事と、民主党のジョゼフ・バイデン上院議員が2日、米ミズーリ州セントルイスのワシントン大で実施した初のテレビ公開討論会で、調査会社ニールセンは3日、テレビ視聴者は約7千万に達し、副大統領候補の討論会史上、史上最高記録を達成したと発表した。

大統領候補である共和マケイン、民主オバマの両上院議員が9月26日に行った最初の公開討論での5240万人を上回った。マケイン、オバマ両氏の討論会はあと2回残っている。

副大統領候補同士の討論会が大きな関心を呼んだのは、全国的な知名度が低いものの、女性初の副大統領を狙うペイリン氏への興味が強かったことが原因とみられる。

正副大統領候補による公開討論会のテレビ視聴者の最高記録は、1980年10月にカーター大統領(民主党)とロナルド・レーガン候補(共和党)がまみえた際の8060万人。副大統領候補の討論会では、84年のブッシュ(父)副大統領(共和党)とフェラーロ氏(民主党)の5670万人が最多だった。


---Debate analysis: Palin spoke at 10th-grade level, Biden at eighth---
updated 10:12 p.m. EDT, Fri October 3, 2008
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/03/debate.words/?iref=mpstoryview

(CNN) -- An analysis carried out by a language monitoring service said Friday that Gov. Sarah Palin spoke at a more than ninth-grade level and Sen. Joseph Biden spoke at a nearly eighth-grade level in Thursday night's debate between the vice presidential candidates.

The analysis by the Austin, Texas-based Global Language Monitor said Palin, governor of Alaska and the GOP vice presidential nominee, used the passive voice in 8 percent of her sentences, far more than the 5 percent used by the Democratic senator from Delaware.

The analysis noted that the "passive voice can be used to deflect responsibility; Biden used active voice when referring to [Vice President Dick] Cheney and [President] Bush; Palin countered with passive deflections."

"It obscures the doer of the action," said Language Monitor President Paul Payack, an independent with no political affiliation.

The two candidates were nearly even in total number of words spoken. The normally voluble Biden restrained his tendency to ramble by uttering just 5,492 words during the 90-minute debate, versus 5,235 for Palin, Payack said.

In last week's debate between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, Obama spoke 8,068 words during the 90-minute event, while McCain spoke 7,150, Payack said.

Thursday night's debate between the vice presidential candidates "was more collegial, thinking out loud as opposed to just hammering points," Payack said in trying to explain the difference. "It was a much calmer style."

His analysis ranked the candidates' speech on several other levels, too. Here's the breakdown:

Grade level: Biden, 7.8; Palin, 9.5 (Newspapers are typically written to a sixth-grade reading level.)

Sentences per paragraph: statistically tied at 2.7 for Biden and 2.6 for Palin.

Letters per word: tied at 4.4.

Ease of reading: Biden, 66.7 (with 100 being the easiest to read or hear), versus 62.4 for Palin.

The analysis said Abraham Lincoln spoke at an 11th-grade level during his seven debates in 1858 against incumbent Stephen A. Douglas in their race for a Senate seat from Illinois.

But higher grade level doesn't necessarily mean better sentence, Payack said. He pointed to Palin's second-to-last sentence in the debate, which the formula put at a grade level of 18.3:

"What I would do, also, if that were ever to happen, though, is to continue the good work he is so committed to of putting government back on the side of the people and get rid of the greed and corruption on Wall Street and in Washington," Palin said.

"When she said it, it sounded good, but on paper it's a completely different animal," Payack said. "It's like, what is that?"

But Biden had his own challenging moments, such as this 32-word gem, rated grade 15.6: "The middle class under John McCain's tax proposal, 100 million families, middle-class families, households to be precise, they got not a single change; they got not a single break in taxes."

Payack praised the usually longer-winded Biden for showing restraint here. "In a typical Joe Biden thing, this sentence would serve as a launching point to even more complex and convoluted statements. Last night, he was particularly reserved, and you only had to be a college graduate to decipher it, according to the readability statistics."


---The Palin-Biden debate and the poverty of low expectations---
October 3, 2008
http://blogs.ft.com/rachmanblog/2008/10/the-palin-biden-debate-and-the-poverty-of-low-expectations/

Well, I have just finished watching the vice-presidential debate - and I must admit I feel a bit cheated. I didn’t tune in because I was hoping for enlightenment. I wanted car-crash television: gaffes galore, the implosion of Sarah Palin, something weird from Joe Biden. But judged by those standards the debate was a huge disappointment. Palin was, of course, profoundly unimpressive. But she didn’t mess up - she even managed to say “Ahmadinejad”, without stumbling or hesitating. And Biden also avoided any of his trademark gaffes.

The fact that both candidates will be judged to have done OK is - I think - a sorry commentary on how low expectations have sunk. Because by any reasonable standard, it was a pretty sorry performance. Neither candidate even came close to answering the first question, on whether the House of Representatives had been right to reject the bail-out bill. At that point, I longed for the moderator to jump right in and do a Jeremy Paxman - and insist, preferably with a sneer, that they actually answer the question. But no such luck.

So what did we learn? Well, it turns out that both candidates hate Wall Street and Iran; and love Israel and the American middle-class.

I thought that Palin gained in confidence as the debate continued. And some of her most effective moments came on foreign policy, which is meant to be her biggest weakness. She did quite a good job in exposing the awkward fact that Joe Biden supported the Iraq war, while Obama opposed it. Biden occasionally broke the informal rules of the debate, by speaking coherently and making sense, and I thought he was pretty effective in hitting his theme that Obama’s tax proposals were about fairness. At one point, I thought he was actually going to cry when he recalled the injuries his children had suffered in a car crash. How the Obama campaign must have been willing him on! But he pulled himself together and the moment passed.

Strangely, I thought Palin’s weakest passage came right at the end when she was allowed a prepared statement. To me, using her closing peroration to claim that American freedom might be extinguished within a generation, sounded a little goofy and paranoid, and missed the opportunity for an “I feel your pain” moment on the economy. Biden took that chance.

But overall, the debate will have made little difference. I don’t think it will reassure the growing number of people who have voiced doubts about Palin’s ability to serve as president - nor should it. But it won’t add hugely to their numbers, either.

That means the political focus will switch back to where it should be: Congress’s vote on the bail-out and the McCain-Obama battle. Perhaps now, the vice-presidential candidates can be allowed to recede gently into the background.

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