EXPERIENCE VS. NEW IDEAS…. At a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio yesterday, Sarah Palin told a crowd she’s looking forward to meeting Joe Biden on Thursday. “I’ve never met him before,” Palin said. “But I’ve been hearing about his senate speeches since I was in like 2nd grade.” The Republican crowd seemed to think this was hilarious.

Immediately after the speech, CBS’s Katie Couric met up with Palin and asked about her comments. CBS just sent over the transcript of what we’ll see this evening:

Couric: You made a funny comment, you’ve said you have been listening to Joe Biden’s speeches since you were in second grade.

Palin: It’s been since like ’72, yah.

Couric: You have a 72-year-old running mate, is that kind of a risky thing to say, insinuating that Joe Biden’s been around awhile?

Palin: Oh no, it’s nothing negative at all. He’s got a lot of experience and just stating the fact there, that we’ve been hearing his speeches for all these years. So he’s got a tremendous amount of experience and, you know, I’m the new energy, the new face, the new ideas and he’s got the experience based on many many years in the Senate and voters are gonna have a choice there of what it is that they want in these next four years.

I see. New energy and new ideas vs. many years in the Senate. Voters, Palin said, are going to have to choose between the two.

She is aware of the dynamic surrounding the two presidential candidates, isn’t she?

Update: An emailer reminds me of something important that I neglected to mention — Palin doesn’t have any “new ideas.” The last time she unveiled a “new idea,” it turned out to be one of Barack Obama’s old ideas.

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