The Political Pendulum

Memo To Joe Biden:

Posted on: September 29, 2008

From FiveThirtyEight:

Memo to Joe Biden: Let Palin Talk

Joe Biden doesn’t need to do much in this debate. Everyone, Republicans included, knows the guy knows policy detail and foreign relations cold. He really doesn’t need to do much to prove he has mastery.

Normally, “time of possession” is a key signifier in football of which team is likeliest to win the game, but in this case the opposite seems true. Think of it — all anyone cares about in this debate is what Sarah Palin says.

The Republican base wants to hear her because they like her and identify with her — we’ve heard this chorus countless times on the road in McCain volunteer offices. She warms Republican base hearts. On the other hand, Democrats believe they’re about to witness an epic train wreck. So does the media. The expectations could not possibly be lower for this one.

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