Last night I saw a tactic that I have seen from other debates. Whenever someone who denies evolution or the moon landing debates a scientist, they do the same thing. When a previous statement has been falsified, or the subject is unfamiliar, the debater just ignores the other person and/or changes topics.
Mod: Which of you is a better speller?
Aaron: I am. My spelling is second to none
Betty: I disagree, Aaron has never won a spelling bee, whereas I won 17 last year.
Aaron: My handwriting is better too. Also, English is Betty's second language.
Betty: That is irrelevant and untrue, I was born in Michigan. That doesn't matter anyway.
Mod: Next topic, do you prefer words with German or Latin roots?
Aaron: I would just like to point out that since Betty came to the U.S. from France, she has never visited the Statue of Liberty. I know because I visit it all the time.
This could be a combination of lack of experience and being coached to stay on the "talking points." If it was a conscious effort, the implications are much worse. Palin is trying to win over "Joe Sixpack," which isn't easy, considering she is a Governor with 1.2M in assets. So she has adopted a down home persona, hoping to connect to voters on a personal level, maybe she saw how well it worked for G.W. Bush. Either way, she must not think much of middle class America to believe that these sorts of things will go unnoticed.