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Saturday, September 27, 2008
It would appear that Palin is being over-coached, over-managed, and under-deployed. She should protest and resist.

It is possible, of course, that some of this is just a very effective playing of the "expectations game" for the debate on Oct. 2.

Geraldine Ferraro is saying: “She has got to sit down and go over all of John McCain’s votes.” Hogwash, poppycock, and horsedookey. There are a million other things she could be asked about, and what's she supposed to say then -- "I don't know, but would you like to hear how John McCain voted on the Treasury-Postal Appropriation Bill in 1998?" Come on -- this is deliberate sabotage by Ferraro.

Let Palin be Palin. For every issue, she should have a theme, and then let herself rip and riff on that theme. There were debates and candidate fora in the Alaska Governor's race, in which she unseated an incumbent of her own party and went on to beat a popular Democrat. She should go by her "Sarah Barracuda" political instincts, not by her lessons in Wonk-in-a-Week.

In the above-linked Fox story, Douglas Brinkley says: “She’s cunning and smart and people who underestimate her could be sorry.”