MUST-SEE TV

Regarding next Thursday's Vice-Presidential debate:

At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates. McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.

Let me translate: "McCain advisers are concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a retard, at a disadvantage by being forced to respond to questions for which she does not have pre-scripted and rehearsed answers."

Carve it into stone tablets right now: the right-wing angle for the debate, before it even happens, is going to be "Biden was mean to Palin" and "Biden must be sexist, look at how disgusted he looked at having to debate a woman." The press releases will be out before the debate even ends.

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3 Responses to “MUST-SEE TV”

  1. David Says:

    Isn't it possible for Biden to still prevail if Palin lives up to these expectations?

    Moderator: Please answer question X [say, about the economy]
    Palin: Talking points. McCain POW. Terror. Reform. Not blinking. Hockey. Moose. Conservative. Abortion/Gay hate if she can tie it in.
    Biden: Well, John McCain's answer has traditionally been A. Barack Obama's is B. B is better for the following reasons. Just pretend she's not there, and assume she's not answering the question. So say how McCain has answered it, say how Obama will answer it, and then frame things so that Obama's answer is better.

    It doesn't matter if Palin goes first or second, as long as he can leverage what's already been said by McCain/Obama. Bonus points if he can give direct quotes.

    It's like he's debating McCain in absentia. Without *ever* commenting on anything she's saying, he can only be perceived as being hostile to McCain's words. And he can pre-script his whole thing, too.

  2. beau Says:

    "Biden must be sexist, look at how he won't even acknowledge what Our Sarah is saying!"

    "Yeah! And look at him blink! He just did it again! We can't trust that guy with national security!"

  3. Shane Says:

    It looks as though both Biden and Obama may be debating McCain "in absentia."