I must admit, I'm looking forward to Thursday night. No, there's no football on. But there is a Vice-Presidential debate. Sarah Palin and Joe Biden will square off at 9PM at Washington University in St. Louis, MO in what is likely to be the most watched VP debate in history. While Palin stormed onto the scene weeks ago, she now has something to prove.
In a Sept. 7 Washington Post-ABC News poll, 58 percent of voters said they had a favorable impression of Palin, compared with 28 percent who said they held an unfavorable opinion. But in a Post-ABC poll two weeks later, positive impressions had dipped to 52 percent and negative views had climbed to 38 percent, as independent women shied away from her. Among such women, favorable views dropped from 65 percent to 43 percent.
Many of the naysayers say that a lack of knowledge on foreign policy and a deficiency of experience in true leadership positions will be a hindrance in the campaign for Palin. Or maybe they're talking about Obama. It's hard to tell because virtually the same arguments that are being made as to why Palin is not qualified apply to Obama. But he was a community organizer. Apparently that is a higher qualification than being a Governor, at least in some people's eyes.
Biden, who's known for his attack-dog personality, needs to be very careful Thursday night. If he comes across as being condescending to Palin, she is sure to be made out to be the victim. Either way, this will make for real reality TV.