(CNN)–One word we're sure to hear a great deal tonight is "expectations." Either Biden or Palin "exceeded" or "failed to live up" to expectations. Well, I have a question. Who sets these expectations? Who is the executive director of debate expectations, and who gave him (or her) that job?
There is no such person, of course, and that's part of the problem with this whole concept. I think the whole notion of expectations is a fraud - a device which journalists used to enhance their own importance.
In this debate, of course, we've heard a lot about how Palin has "low" expectations because she has performed so poorly in recent interviews. But why is this so?
Both she and Biden are running for the same office. Shouldn't the expectations be the same for both? I think they should. But - listen carefully tonight - I think I'm in the distinct minority.
Amen! If you want to receive equal pay, you had better be prepared to do equal work. I am a woman and I don't want to be treated with "kid gloves" because of that.
Already the soccer mom and the plain speaking. Give me a break !!! The voice is killing me. Speak proper english please.
She's already sounding like Miss Teen South Carolina...
Palin: Same old talking points already.
Yes, Palin does have presence ..as a matter of fact ...it makes up for what she lacks in language substance!
oh my GOSH has she answer ONE SIMPLE QUESTION
my 13 year old could do so much better,
she has not answer one questions,
what is she talkingaobut
mccain NEW and MAVERICK???
he is 72 +
Please do not let her use the term Maverick again, unless she can find one in her party.
She is about as rehearsed as I have seen her yet. This is going to get good....bring on Tina fay
no substance when she goes to Joe 6 pack and "Hockey mom" give us something.
Who was talking about tax increases??? SHe is programed like a parrot
Why aren't there any follow-up questions?
You are right Jona-she is showing major signs of staked answers. Biden is obviously more secure and calm.
Make sure to watch David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno tonight to get the post wrap up on this debate to better understand what Palin will bring to the American people as a Vice President!
Maybe she should just keep repeating "can I call you Joe""
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Go McCain and Palin !!!! Kick Obama and Biden's butts!!!!!
You are not alone. I think they both need to be held to the highest standard.
By the way, I'm reading your book "The Nine" and love it. I have long considered you one of the most sensible commentators on television.
Wendy and Tracy you are right on!!
DANG what a phoney!!
Biden started out with a "programmed" speech spewing Obama-isms. There's nothing wrong with doing it, just in moderation. Palin has been doing it too.
Wendy in NC.... that is what i'm thinking... i don't think she is answering any of the questions from her knowledge.....
DANG she is a phoney!!
I vote bring back the show Northern Exposure, Palin could be the star with a real accent.