I’ve decided against live-blogging tonight’s debate, as it is probably best let you watch rather than forcing you to multi-task on such a big night. I will, however, be providing at least one post-debate analysis. My plan is to put up my personal response right after the debate ends (and before the media gets their crack at Sarah), and then another post later analyzing the media’s response (no promises, though).
A few quick thoughts before we get started:
1) I’m personally going to be watching on FoxNews - not necessarily for the right-leaning coverage, but because they had the most coverage of the Gwen Ifill story yesterday. I’ll personally be watching Ms. Ifill very carefully, so I’m interested to hear analysis of her performance in addition to Sarah and Sen. Biden.
2) You may think I’m nuts for saying this, but I think that Gov. Palin’s wardrobe choice will be our first tip to how she will do tonight. Will we see the “Cindy McCain” designer leather jacket from the Couric interview, the “signature Sarah” red powersuit, or something black and formal? If we see the red, I think that’s our first clue that Sarah is liberated and coming out swinging.
3) Both Biden and Palin are masters of the one-liner, and I expect a number of memorable lines tonight. The question is who will get more.
4) My guess is that Biden will try to ignore Sarah and debate John McCain. On the other hand, I’ve read that Sarah is planning to debate Biden directly. Keep close track of who Biden is talking to. If he takes his focus off McCain and starts talking about Sarah, it could mean that she’s getting under his skin. And if she gets under his skin, she wins.
5) While we’re on the subject of Sen. Biden, there are two key traps waiting for him. First, he must always refer to Sarah as “Gov. Palin”. He doesn’t know her, and to address her without her title will be seen as demeaning. Secondly, he has to be very careful about mentioning the fact that his son is deploying to Iraq, as Track Palin is doing the same. Palin, as a mother, will win any arguments about empathizing with her children, and Biden could be in SERIOUS trouble if he dares to bring up Track before Sarah does.
There is probably a lot more that I’m not mentioning, but those are the first things that spring to mind. Enjoy the debate, and I will see you all afterward.