(That's my headline, not Healy's, but my headline tells the truth.)
The debate teams have to handle the pitbull with lipstick delicately? Yes. It is apparent that she doesn't have the facts drilled deeply enough into her head to be able to hold her own with Biden. Obama, OTH, has the, um, stones to take McCain on with his supposed expertise, foreign policy and national security.
Palin has turned out to be a joke. The word is out. Her debut at the debates has to be dumbed down to meet her level of incompetence. Heh.
By PATRICK HEALY
Published: September 20, 2008
New York Times
The Obama and McCain campaigns have agreed to an unusual free-flowing format for the three televised presidential debates, which begin on Friday, but the McCain camp fought for and won a much more structured approach for the questioning at the vice-presidential debate, advisers to both campaigns said Saturday.
Mr. Obama, shown in Florida on Friday, won an agreement for the first debates to be about foreign policy and national security.
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.