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Sarah Palin in debate, could moderator Gwen Ifill be a factor?

Posted on: October 2, 2008

Here is a clip of Sarah Palin in  debate for Governor of Alaska

She is a natural. She is smooth, straightforward, unfazed and direct and impressive.

Don’t be fooled, this 2006 debate is not to be dismissed because it’s only a small job or low profile debate. The gubernatorial debate carried as much significane in the political career of Sarah then, as tonight’s debate is significant now.  

Let Sarah be herself!

Now the question of tonight’s debate. Gwen Ifill of PBS and author of an admiring forthcoming book on Obama and New Black Politicians in the Age of Obama  becoming a fixture as moderator of the VP debates.

Obviously, Ifill would like to not be the topic of debate herself. She would like to come out as an even-handed moderator, and a fair journalist, in a season that has had few of either. She begins with a handicap as the author and yes, financial and perhaps emotional investor in one presidential candidate over the other:

There is plenty of youtube material out there to give fodder to doubters of her objectivity, such as this tough questioning of GOP surrogates just a month ago:

Regardless, it comes down to how Sarah Palin handles herself. So what exactly is Sarah Palin capable of in a debate?   Will it be a spontaneous, organic, ‘being herself’ type of Sarah Palin, instinctive and true? Or, will she be an over-managed, over-coached, over-restricted student-candidate, that will be boxed into talking points. (I suspect this latter person was seen on the Couric show). Also, the latter route was apparently followed by Edwards and did not help him.

The VP debates don’t count much for votes, they just confirm the views voters already formed about the ticket. The idea that Sarah Palin situation is somehow dramatically more critical because of McCain’s age is pure canard. It not only overlooks his good health, and the Reagan example, it also sets up a meme to re-attack McCain via soft money groups on the issue of McCain’s skin cancer (which in modern world is probably the cancer least likely to kill, being visible and curable). The left and the media will spare no effort in spinning the debate performance, so why not let us have a good show of the real Sarah?

So, I say, let Sarah Palin be Sarah Palin. She is a natural, instinctive politician. You heard that straight from the master himself a few weeks ago, Bill Clinton.

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1 Response to "Sarah Palin in debate, could moderator Gwen Ifill be a factor?"

Regardless of the controversy, Sarah Palin is going to crush Joe Biden tonight because she is a Master Debater. Just check it out for yourself. The pic on this site says it all (scroll down once you get there):

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