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The debate debacle

As if this election couldn’t take any further odd twists, comes this little tidbit from the NY Times.

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.

It’s not enough that they’ve run some of the sleaziest ads in campaign history; blocked an investigation with troopergate; limited or denied access to Palin by the media, now they feel the need to change the rules of the debate because they’re worried she won’t do well.  If she can’t even hold her own in a debate without her handlers changing the rules, how in hell is she ready to become a VP?

We all know the answer, she’s not qualified. And the more they shield her from the press, run ads based on slogans, and continue to hide her dirty secrets, the more the public will catch on. For all their rhetoric about being Mavericks and reformers, they seem to barely know the definition of those words, let alone act in that way.

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September 20, 2008 - Posted by | politics | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. america. catering to the lowest common denominator

    Comment by Cuss KId | September 21, 2008 | Reply

  2. I think Nick Kristof’s column today was equally damning of us as a nation:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/opinion/21kristof.html?th&emc=th

    It may turn out that even more than 2000, this election will be won by repeating big lies often enough.

    Comment by KP | September 21, 2008 | Reply

  3. And, just you watch, Palin and Company will try to seize on ANYTHING and call it sexism.

    Biden corrects a factual error…..sexism!

    Biden asks a tough question…..sexism!

    Comment by rich | September 23, 2008 | Reply

  4. And during the presidential debate, when Obama counters MCCain, they’ll cry race card!

    Still it’s nice to see Barack up by 9 points in the newest polls.

    Comment by Raingods | September 24, 2008 | Reply


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