Everyone I know is worried. "She's won the expectations game. She's going to win this debate. Ugh!"
Guess what? They're probably right.
Biden is screwed. If he's too mean, he's a jerk. If he's too nice, he's condescending.
If he ignores her attacks, he cedes her 90 minutes to run up his negatives unchecked.
If he knows too much, he's a know-it-all.
He's going to gaffe. Everyone knows that.
He's probably going to try to cop a feel--and that's just how he'll treat Gwen Ifill.
It. Does. Not. Matter.
Sure Sarah can staunch the bleeding. She may even get an hour and a half of folksy charm masking snotty attacks.
But at the end of the day, Sarah Palin is not going to win this election for John McCain. Maybe she will acquit herself and her future political reputation. Maybe McCain will even bounce in the polls.
But if any of you want to give me even money that Palin is going to somehow remain gaffe-free for the next 33 days, I will gladly eat your money.