I’m telling anyone who will listen that there is no way Sarah Palin will be participating in any VP debates. It simply will not and can not happen. When a person can’t get through a taped softball interview with no opponent and no audience, there’s no way it can happen live with a moderator and an opponent. There’s no way someone can go from those Katie Couric interviews to a live debate in one week.
It will NOT happen. If it does, the GOP is looking at more than just a 2008 rout (and believe me, that’s what they are looking at). A Sarah Palin debate performance would set the GOP back years.
Which means either she has to leave the ticket, or she stays but somehow avoids the debates. I think she wants to leave the ticket, the question is whether the campaign can bring themselves to admit bringing her on was a mistake (doubtful), and whether they can find someone to take her place (even more doubtful, though I’m sure Joe Lieberman is waiting by the phone).
No question, it’s messy for her to leave the ticket, which leaves debate evasion. Mark my words, McCain’s next maverick bombshell, whatever that may be, will have the happy side benefit of making it impossible for Sarah Palin to debate.
While I’ve very sure about that prediction, I also half in jest suggest the Palin’s departure will be to be with her family (oldest firing/non-firing reason in the book), which means her ultimate legacy to feminism will be to demonstrate that “real” women should choose family over politics.
And somehow, all those Palin voters who loved her when she joined the ticket will love her even more for leaving the ticket.