Poor “I’m Ready to Lead” Sarah

Looks like the McCain campaign has finally stopped drinking the Kool-Aid.  They have successfully lobbied the Commission on Presidential Debates to change the Vice Presidential debate format.  To make the debate “fairer,” they have shortened the question-and-answer segments.  And the McCain campaign actually wants the vice presidential debates to be about McCain’s policy positions and not about Palin’s qualifications to be vice president!  In essence we’ll be subjected to a 90-minute McCain commercial. 

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McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.

Cry me a river.

Commission members wanted a relaxed format that included time for unpredictable questioning and challenges between the two vice-presidential candidates. On Wednesday, the commission unanimously rejected a proposal sought by advisers to Ms. Palin and Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican presidential nominee, to have the moderator ask questions and the candidates answer, with no time for unfettered exchanges. Advisers to Mr. Biden say they were comfortable with either format.

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