It’s time to straight talk. Can I call you Joe? I know the “political analysts”, pundits, and media elite have already broken down the VP debate for you. They did it the night after. I know there was a McBama (it’s kind of like TomKat or Brangelina) debate last night that is fresh on your minds, but I’m telling you that an analysis worthy of your consideration takes time. I could write about the McBama debate but why? There still another one left. Its like giving the final breakdown of a football game two minutes into the fourth quarter with the score tied. Dumb. So we’re gonna look at the VP debate. We’re gonna break it down, we’re gonna go play by play. If I had one of those TV’s that lets you draw on the screen as you go like John Madden, I’d do that too. Boom!
Now while others use opinion and gut feeling to determine debate winners, I have created an empirically flawless scorecard that allows you to just plug in numbers and determine exactly who won. Its like the BCS only more refined. First of all, let me go ahead and give you the formula my system uses for determining the winner. It’s a simple algorithm that goes as follow:
(B2 + R4 – M2)/W=LQ à LQ x 100=DS à DS + X= DT
The candidate with the highest DT wins. Simple.
Just a run down on the equation. B= Buzzwords. The heart of every true campaign and debate is the buzzword. They rally the troops and confound the enemy. R= Relate-ability. We don’t need Washington Elite belittling us with their jargon. I endlessly need to know the candidate is a one of us. The more they speak of their small hometown (like Scranton), how they were middle class, and use the term “Joe Six-Pack” the more I know they are just like me. M = Miscues. These are just your basic gaffes, saying that the opposing candidate supported a bill they didn’t or the like. W = Words. I need to know that a candidate can use their words effectively. The more buzzwords and relate-able phrases they use per words, the higher their Likeability Quotient. (LQ) That multiplied by 100 is the Debate Subtotal (DS) it’s like a batting average for words. I don’t want “facts” or “proof” of a “basic understanding of economics”, I want quotables. Maverick. Change. Washington Elite. 4 more years of the same. X, however, may be the most important aspect of the debate, the X-Factor. It’s the intangibles, the je ne sais quoi. So with that out of the way, let’s break it down.
Buzzwords: I thought for sure Palin had this in the bag. Terms like “maverick” and “washington insider” and “media elite” seemed to have this category clinched. However, Biden had some tricks up his sleeve. He actually used “maverick” more the the Maverickess herself. When it was all said and done though, Palin won the “reform” battle and took home the glory. Palin 35, Biden 21.
Relate-ability: Again, on paper, Palin has this category in the bag. Her uncanny knack for switching the vowels around in nuculer (nuclear) and to relate to families is remarkable and honestly, Biden is, well, a vacuum of personality only exceeded by John Kerry. Plus, did anyone else notice that he looks like he could be Joel Osteen’s dad. Still, he’s from Scranton and knew Joey Danco from a gas station and that was enough to clinch it. Biden 6, Palin 5.
Miscues: I’m gonna be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from either candidate. Biden joked on a dude in a wheel chair and Palin… yeah. Still, the miscues were a minimum and basically revolved around confusing votes and skewing bills and words. There were no major blunders still Palin out-gaffed Biden. Palin 13, Biden 8.
Word Count: They both talked way too much for only saying “change” and “maverick” 100 or so times. Palin 7740, Biden 7145
Finally, the X-Factor. Let me tell you this. This one was not easy to score. Everytime I thought Biden had the X Factor locked up, Palin winked and reminded me that I was a Joe Six-Pack. Still, it’s hard to out X the man who knows what it’s like to be a single mom. I think what finally got me though was that Palin never took her eyes of the camera when she spoke. It was like she was talking to me! And I got it. Palin 4, Biden 2.
Sarah Palin (R) 25.7 (Projected Debate Winner)
Joe Biden (D) 25.4
According to the flawless equation, Sarah Palin won this thing by a landslide, although I think I speak for everyone when I say the real winner was Gwen Ifill. Whose book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, releases on inauguration day. Until next time.
[Editor's note: The Obama/Biden camp has filed a formal complaint based on the fact that Biden's LQ (.234) was actually better than Palin's (.217) and therefore deserving of the number one spot. The Debate Scoring Commission (DSC) stands by the ranking, noting that computer based scoring systems are intrinsically perfect.]