(FreedomBeacon.com)- According to Valerie Biden Owens’ new biography, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin fared “very well” at the vice presidential debate with her brother, then-Delaware Senator Joe Biden, in October 2008.
In her book, “Growing Up Biden: A Memoir,” Owens discussed her expectations of Palin ahead of the much-anticipated debate between the senior Democratic senator and the then-rising star Republican who rose to national prominence after then-Arizona Senator John McCain chose her as his running mate.
While Owens praised Palin as a worthy fierce opponent, she didn’t think she was qualificatied to sit next to the leader of the free world, nor to be a potential commander-in-chief.
She went on to say she knew Sarah Palin would draw first blood, but if Joe retaliated, Owens whined, Palin would call him a bully. Palin reminded her of Jane Brady, who was Joe’s Senate opponent in 1990. She had a similar no-holds-barred attitude.
Owens recalled former first lady Hillary Clinton and then-Republican Rep. Rick Lazio at the New York Senate debate in September 2000. While onstage, the Republican legislator pressured his Democrat opponent to sign a commitment disavowing “soft money” – payments to political parties or groups for the benefit of a candidate.
Owens thought her Joe had to be careful not to resemble Lazio’s “misogynistic” behavior. Owens felt Palin was trying to trigger her brother Joe into having that same reaction.
In her book, Owens cattily wrote that Palin did pretty well in the 2008 debate because she managed to ignore the moderator’s questions, and she felt that was her entire strategy.
The moderator was PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, and there was nothing moderate about her.
Worse, Ifill had written a book due out on January 20th, 2009, titled “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” What would the reaction be on the left if the debate moderator had a book coming out that showered John McCain with praise?
Perhaps the president’s little sister’s next book should be about something she knows well: Biden family scandals and criminal business adventures.