You'd never know it if you listened to what he calls the "drive-by media," but Rush Limbaugh says Sarah Palin mopped the floor with Joe Biden during Thursday night’s debate.
Said the top talker: "Sarah Palin kicked Joe Biden's butt last night, period! They had many of you -- and I tried to warn you yesterday that she was going to be OK, that she was going to be fine and you were going to be surprised if you had bought the Katie Couric version of Sarah Palin, if you had bought the version of her that the drive-bys were trying to portray her to be."
The media, he added was self-delusional. "For the left to deceive themselves and the voters by pretending that that debate last night went any way other than Sarah Palin absolutely mopping the floor with Joe Biden, is nothing short of delusion."
Despite predictions that Palin would prove to be clueless and inexperienced, Limbaugh said Palin "came off as more experienced and qualified, personable and able to connect with people than [Barack] Obama does, and that's where she shined last night. She was knockout gorgeous. She looked good last night, charming, pleasant, likable, witty. She was on point. She did not appear contrived."
When it comes to the Alaska governor, it's the media that is clueless, Limbaugh explained. "If you are in the drive-by media or you are part of the New York-Washington media corridor, you look at somebody like Sarah Palin and she may as well be from Mars. You don't have the ability to connect with people that she connects with, and so you don't understand how that's done, and you don't like it when you see it, and you think it's too folksy and it's too pedantic and it's too simplistic and you just don't understand it. You don't understand the winks. You don't understand the ‘goldarn its’ and the ‘doggone its’ and the ‘dadgum its,’ and you don't understand this hockey. ‘What's hockey? Hockey mom? I understand soccer moms, but I don't know what a hockey mom is...'
"So this is a disconnect. The reaction to this debate that you'll find today in the media versus the reaction among real people, is just as partisan and striking as is the division in the country over the future of the country."
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