Regardless of what the polls have been saying in the past week, I think that the Vice Presidential debates tomorrow night are going to have a huge impact on the election. My worst fear is the Biden won’t know when to shut the hell up and will be portrayed in the media as a pompous, sexist, know-it-all. The man is wicked smart, but long winded and at the same time unbelievably blunt. Plus, the spin surrounding this debate has pretty much assured the Republican Party ‘victory’ so long as Palin doesn’t drop a racial slur or rip off her shirt on stage. Expectations are so low, that if she forms complete sentences it will be considered a KO for Palin.
The other thing the keeps me up at night is the thought that the Republicans are continuing to out-strategize Democrats. If Palin does well, she finally gets some credibility. She’ll have a debate under her belt, some new confidence in herself, and her handlers can start loosening her leash a little bit. If she sucks ass, they could convince her to step down because of ‘family issues’ and fill her spot with Rudy Giuliani or Joe Lieberman. If there is one thing Republicans do well, it’s put the spin on bad decisions. (Anyone remember that there were zero Iraqis on board the planes on 9/11?) And if she gives a great concession speech and hits all her talking points - makes it clear she made this decision with her family, it has nothing to do with the press, McCain is a Maverick, blah, blah, blah – there could be a media firestorm, which spun the right way would be Republican gold. Bastards!
Oh Jon, how is it that you always know how to get me to chuckle, even when it is just oh so wrong?