Thursday, October 02, 2008

ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 02: Democratic vice presidential candidate U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) and Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin take the stage at the start of the vice presidential debate at the Field House of Washington University's Athletic Complex on October 2, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. The highly anticipated showdown between the two vice-presidential candidates will be their only debate before the election. (Getty)

2008 Vice-Presidential Debate--NYT transcript & video, video.

I ended up watching much of it, if not all of it. You had the two VP candidates declaring their love of Israel, and the blatant interventionism on display again. Gov. Palin also said this:

But even more important is that world view that I share with John McCain. That world view that says that America is a nation of exceptionalism. And we are to be that shining city on a hill, as President Reagan so beautifully said, that we are a beacon of hope and that we are unapologetic here. We are not perfect as a nation. But together, we represent a perfect ideal. And that is democracy and tolerance and freedom and equal rights. Those things that we stand for that can be put to good use as a force for good in this world.
American Exceptionalism is one foundations of the American Nationalist myth, tied to the proposition nation (by making use of it--the older versions had a foundation in WASP culture and values). It's a myth dominant in the minds of many; it seems that even PC adherents, multiculturalists and Democrats will appeal to it, though of course their version, which defends those values they seek to spread and uphold. Gov. Palin a Constitutionalist and true Federalist (or anti-Federalist)? I don't think so.

I must admit that as soon as she started talking about John McCain and how much she was glad to be a part of the ticket, the first thing that came to my mind was a colorful expression--someone might say that she's sold herself out to be on the ticket, but perhaps there wasn't much principle and substance to begin with; those paleoconservatives who actually saw some hope in her as a politician are being proven wrong as the campaign drags on.

As soon as others write commentary, I'll add links. I don't have much to say in addition to what I have already written.

Republican vice presidential nominee Alaska Governor Sarah Palin takes part in the U.S. vice presidential debate with Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri October 2, 2008. (AP)

Edit. Here they are: Daniel Larison, Rod Dreher

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