Sunday, September 21, 2008

Protecting Palin

A guest post by JS:
The debate format has been settled on. See the details here.

Looks like McCain gave in to demands to have a more open and less structured Presidential debate in exchange for a more controlled and less direct Vice Presidential debate.

Interesting point: The demands were not made by the Obama camp. They were made by the organization running the debates which insisted the candidates actually engage each other and address each other's responses instead of just delivering answers to the moderator's questions.

It seems McCain will enter a format likely to favor Obama in order to have a format which will protect Palin against Biden. Why?
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.

The Republicans must be betting that although Obama is a better orator, McCain can still beat Obama in the debates with his greater experience and grasp of the issues. Whereas the best Palin can do against Biden, who is more seasoned and more knowledgeable, is essentially what she did in the Charlie Gibson interviews: spout pre-packaged, stock answers.

We'll see if the GOP's gamble pays off with voters.

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