Will Palin Crash and Burn Tonight? Probably not.

From The AnonymousLiberal’s blog:

Honestly, though, I don’t expect Palin will be as bad as she was with Couric. What made the Couric interviews so devastating was Couric’s tendency (which is actually rare among reporters) to ask follow up questions when she got a non-responsive answer. When Palin would filibuster, Couric would repeat the question or press her for specifics. That’s what elicited her most embarrassing responses.

But the format of the debate won’t allow for those kind of follow up questions. Palin can be as non-responsive as she pleases. Moreover, on at least half the questions, Biden will have to answer first, which will give Palin time to think about her answer and allow her to build off whatever Biden says. And finally, the questions aren’t likely to be out of left field. There’s a lot of ground to cover and not much time to do it, so it’s very likely that all of the questions she’ll be asked will have been anticipated by her coaches and she’ll have set answers ready.

In other words, unless she completely psyches herself out and blanks out up there, she’s likely to turn in at least a mediocre performance.

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