Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sarah Palin VS Joe Biden - Blockbuster Debate.

The highly anticipated Vice Presidential debate is shaping up to be a crucial factor in how the electorate will vote this November.

Barack Obama enjoys a comfortable bump after his capable performance during the 1st Presidential debate. Most observers agree the night had "no knockout punches", "no gaffes" and is effectively being judged like a Rorschach test - the candidates simply affirmed their choice amongst decided voters. The bump came from undecideds who may have hesitated on Obama but had been convinced by how Presidential he carried himself.

Sarah Palin is looking to convince her set of undecideds during this VP debate. Like Obama a capable showing will be the featherweight push to convince undecided who are are already leaning but hesitating towards them. Many undecided Republicans have already flocked back to the GOP ticket - Republicans wary of McCain as a RINO and unenthused Christan Conservatives. She will need to convince the other undecideds who are evenly attracted to Obama and McCain. Some of the shine has already faded for Palin due to some unconvincing recent interviews and the early mishandling by the McCain camp that stifled her authentic appeal.

It's a game of managing expectations, Palin only needs to produce a capable performance to right the ship anything less will likely sink it. If she exceeds them, she has a future captaining the Republican ship.
As Hugh Hewitt writes:
Obama's Bounce: Dead Cat or Trend?
Palin faces an enormous challenge, just as she did on the night of her acceptance speech. She will not be graded on the curve by the MSM as Obama was.

But she does believe the right things, and understands the crucial choice facing the country. These are significant advantages. And if the momentum reverses itself again as is likely, Sarah Palin's performance Thursday night will be the third time she has re-energized the McCain campaign.
Hugh Hewitt was granted the first Conservative radio Palin interview:
Download and listen Hugh Hewitt's Sarah Palin interview. Read the transcript here.

The interview provides some insight into the appeal of Sarah Palin, as she identifies it.
HH: Governor, your candidacy has ignited extreme hostility, even some hatred on the left and in some parts of the media. Are you surprised? And what do you attribute this reaction to?

SP: Oh, I think they’re just not used to someone coming in from the outside saying you know what? It’s time that normal Joe six-pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency, and I think that that’s kind of taken some people off guard, and they’re out of sorts, and they’re ticked off about it, but it’s motivation for John McCain and I to work that much harder to make sure that our ticket is victorious, and we put government back on the side of the people of Joe six-pack like me...
Included in that is also a post-interview analysis between Jim Geraghty of NRO and Interviewer Hugh. It's laboured and self gratifying but a fascinating study.
Hugh has also listed some post interview analysis from other sources - Reactions To The Palin Interview

Added Extra
sarah palin, joe biden, summerslam We at the APF aren't afraid to make posters that have limited appeal and understood by an even smaller niche of wrestling fans. Click to see the original inspiration.

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