How much does anyone want to bet there will be a huge dust up before Tursday to overshadow the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin?
Alaska’s (not even) one-term governor is hugely popular with the right wing base, but she is also a liability for the Republican ticket. Her oh so painful-to-watch interview last week with Katie Couric of CBS News showed her woeful inexperience. The cavernous gaps in her knowledge of the basic issues, which has reminded voters of McCain’s advanced age at 72, has also sparked questions about what sort of president she would make.
Her performance prompted one right-wing commentator, Kathleen Parker of the National Review, to call on her to quit. “Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves,” she wrote. “She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn.”
That explains why the McCain campaign did not want his running mate anywhere near Friday’s presidential clash in Oxford, Miss. Instead, Palin watched it on TV in Philadelphia, while Biden gave countless interviews in the media “spin room” outside the Obama-McCain debate. However, the CBS interview was buried under a torrent of news about the Wall Street bailout plan.
Woody Allen’s remark — “Eighty per cent of success is just showing up” — Indeed it may for Palin.
Biden must be careful to avoid humiliating her too badly, for fear of being called a sexist bully. As a matter of fact, look for the word Sexist to make its way on the air waves just as a Republican Party Talking Point smear begins in the spin room directly after the debate. Such is the atmosphere of this election. Joe must show respect and possibly a more “Genteel”, or a “Kind Pprofessorial” teaching moment approach while showing his superior knowledge to the audience. He’s got the stuff, but Joe Biden cannot get lost in her barracuda-like attacks.