Palin Gets the Gift of Low Expectations
Bumped for discussion (and great video) - roxy
Originally posted 2008-10-01 07:15:52 -- updated with Biden/Palin video and bumping for our preparation on the debate tomorrow night - cho
Thinking about tomorrow night's Vice Presidential debate, I realized that no matter how badly, how stutteringly badly Palin does, she's bound to do better than the low, low bar of expectations.
She's done so poorly to date and has been so ridiculed that even conservative Republicans are hitting the mute button; she has been so awful that she cannot possible fail to do better and charm Americans who will now see her as "not as bad as all that."
First a recap of the reports so far: The NewYorkTimes tells us The Approach is NOT working so a new strategy is brewing. "Her halting interview with Katie Couric on CBS News alarmed many Republicans and gave fodder for a devastating parody on Saturday Night Live."
I didn't realize, of course, when I first saw Tina Fey's rendition of Palin on Couric, that Fey was using Palin's exact words.
Correct me if I am wrong, but my understanding is that Palin was so bad, that McCain had to dump his date with Letterman and come to Palin's rescue on the next Couric interview:
Sounds as if she made another hit -- at least from the comments:
"If i live next to the ocean and watch the ships sail by, does that make me qualified to captain the Queen Mary???"
"Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president" ...
"She is a feisty, charismatic politician who has done some good things in Alaska. But she has never spent a day thinking about any important national or international issue, and this is a hell of a time to start."
Even Republican speechwriters are bailing (oops, not a good word to use these days) on her:
I think she has pretty thoroughly — and probably irretrievably — proven that she is not up to the job of being president of the United States,” David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush who is now a conservative columnist, said in an interview.
So what are the new strategies?
In a San Francisco Gate blog post, Joe Garofoli reports that Mitt Rommney seems to think that if Sara Palin is set free, folks will just like what they see in the woman he feels knows about people's home and such. (Too bad he left out the word, "barefoot," and the good lord knows he couldn't use "pregnant" without a howling uproar.) As Rommney said:
Look, she wasn't selected by John McCain because she's an expert in foreign policy," he added. "John McCain's the expert in foreign policy. She's a person who identifies with people with homes across America.
However, according to the NYTimes' piece, she's been sequestered for three days now with McCain's people at McCain's home in Sedona, Arizona.
And the McCain campaign appears to be leaving nothing to chance. Ms. Palin will spend her preparation time at Mr. McCain’s vacation compound in Sedona, with her husband and children. She is practicing for the debate with Steve Beigun, a former staff member of Mr. Bush’s National Security Council; Randy Scheunemann, Mr. McCain’s chief foreign policy aide; Mark Wallace, a deputy campaign manager for Mr. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign; and Ms. Wallace, who was a communications director in the Bush White House.
And, as the Tuesday NYTimes article suggested:
Several Republicans said that all of this could ultimately play to Ms. Palin’s benefit, lowering expectations for her so much that a mediocre performance in the debate could be hailed as a success.
“Thanks to the mainstream media, quite a low expectation has been created for her performance,” said Ron Carey, chairman of Minnesota’s Republican Party. “The style of Sarah Palin is going to amaze people. She is going to be able to amaze people with the substance she is going to deliver.”
But then again, today's Couric discussion with Biden and Palin isn't exactly making the lady look Vice Presidential.
Thoughts? Will the debate serve to help Palin because she can't possible do worse than she already has?