Preparing Palin for the debate was “really hard”, but she can exceed expectations

30Sep08

From today’s CNN.com: The adviser said preparing her for the debate was “really hard” because the Alaska governor was learning about issues she had never dealt with before — including those regarding North Korea and other hot spots around the globe. …
The intensity of the debate preparations picked up after Palin’s panned interview with Katie Couric of CBS News last week. In particular, her answer when asked to describe her foreign policy experience was widely ridiculed.
“It’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America. Where — where do they go? It’s Alaska,” Palin said. …
The CBS interview, described as confused and rambling by critics, also led a well-known conservative columnist to call on Palin to remove herself from the ticket.
“Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons … Do it for your country,” conservative columnist and former Palin fan Kathleen Parker of Nationalreview.com pleaded on Friday. …
Still, some wonder, if all of this negative talk will hurt Palin.
Despite some ominous signs, some analysts say the the negative comments may actually help her.
“The expectations for Sarah Palin, I think, are pretty low. So I think she can exceed expectations. I’m not sure she can disappoint them,” Alex Burns, a reporter for Politico, said.



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