"May I call you Joe," "Darn right," "Bless their hearts."
Then read what Peggy Noonan of the WSJ said about Palin.
She is not a person of thought but of action. Interviews are about thinking, about reflecting, marshaling data and integrating it into an answer. Debates are more active, more propelled—they are thrust and parry. They are for campaigners. She is a campaigner. Her syntax did not hold, but her magnetism did.
I'm done with action-only people. I want action AND thinking. I don't want any more "campaigners". Such people lack persuasion skills. And you cannot govern a nation of 300 million without persuasion.