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The debate debate: do all roads lead to Palin?

September 25th, 2008, 5:15pm by Sam Wang


Team McCain had proposed to have the debate on October 2nd – in place of the Biden-Palin debate, which would then be…rescheduled. Palin’s interview with Katie Couric has been painful to watch (and based on Couric’s reaction, painful to conduct as well). McCain rushed over to appear with Couric, cancelling David Letterman in the process. A unifying explanation is that McCain is trying to divert attention from the continuing Palin implosion with yet another Hail Mary. I think McCain will show up for the debate – and claim credit for [derailing] the financial rescue legislation.

My suggestion on the day of the announcement that Palin wouldn’t wear well has been borne out by events…bigtime. A recent survey shows that more Alaskans think that Joe Biden has the background and experience to be a good president than she does, 43% to 37%. She scores a net unfavorable in national surveys. And we’re not even hearing about this yet.

Tags: 2008 Election

3 Comments so far ↓

  • Next Card 2 Play

    Thank you for your important deconvolution of “The McCain Campaign Strategy” ….I see! Yes, the light bulb went off, and now, finally, the events of the week all make sense. McCain postures in the name of leadership while, in reality, it is a diversionary tactic to supersede, if not derail, the VP debate. Clever man, that John McCain. Still, he did indeed debate… so, does McCain have yet another card up his sleeve to be played to divert the VP debate?

  • John W

    Every American should watch the Couric inteview. Palin doesn’t seem to know anything. No wonder the GOP would like to postpone the VP debate. With one more crisis, they might be able to wiggle out of it altogether.

  • Independent

    “A unifying explanation is that McCain is trying to divert attention from the continuing Palin implosion with yet another Hail Mary. ”

    This is true, and should be increasingly apparent to voters with an open mind. Let’s hope that there are enough of them to spare the country from another disastrous presidency.