Joe Biden at the Vice Presidential Debate

Part of Biden's appeal to me is that he's a fellow widower. He lost his wife and one year-old daughter, I lost my wife and nearly-born son. He's not only an unapologetic Liberal and Populist, but he also knows that peculiar, particular pain of losing that which means most. Listening to his answer recalling that pain brought tears to my eyes. 3 hankies

Then hearing Sarah Palin's total lack of empathy as she blithely trudged on to yet another memorized talking point right on the heels of his emotional answer just floored me. I felt the blood drain from my face and my jaw drop open as I marveled that she could fail to be at least minimally tactful.