Palin Debate Countdown: T Minus 35 Minutes

October 2, 2008

I’ve mentioned before that I find the Obama campaign’s expectations-management to be clumsier and more heavy-handed than anything else they do. I can’t imagine that there’s much overlap between people who pay attention to what campaign insiders are predicting and people who could possibly fail to see through this stuff. But this is truly amazing:

After repeatedly calling Palin first “an extremely good debater,” then a “great” one, at the end he ramped it up to “Gov. Palin is one of the best debaters in American politics,” at which point the press gaggle interrupted him with its laughter. “No, she is! Her 2006 debate, she knew where she wanted to take every question, and so I think she’ll be relentlessly on message tonight and again I’m sure she’ll have any number of biting and witty one-liners but our focus is on the person sitting at home in Canton, Ohio, tonight, Akron, Ohio tonight, struggling economically. Who is delivering a message about an agenda that is going to most positively impact their lives,” he said.

So grab a beer, sit back, and relax. If I’m right, you’re in for some comic gold. If David Plouffe is right, you’re about to see a master of debate perform her art. You really can’t lose.

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