(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.
If Palin wears her hair down and a boxy jacket, be on the lookout for the hidden earphone. There is no way she can give a lucid answer on her own.
I have breaking news:
Palin is going to say she wouldn't vote on the bailout.
You heard it here first. :)
One word we're sure to hear a great deal tonight is...
But no one's going to define what the fundamentals consist of.
I lay money on it being the most prevalent word of the night.
Countdown is at T munus 15 minutes. Just enough time to make some popcorn. This might beat Blazing Saddles for the most laughs in a 90 minute show.
McCain needs to find a new way to win because this debate is not going to give him any momentum. Sarah is not ready, she simply is not ready to be vice president. She is not going to get by this time like Bush and Qualye did because everyone is watching.
Considering that these two people could conceivably become president, should something happen during the presidency, careful attention must be paid to how they handle themselves during the debate.
Expectations should be high, Palin will have to deal directly in international affairs. I am a federal worker and would be fired if expectations of me were so low. They are in line to be president and in these times we cannot afford mediocre performance.
Agreed. Not only is it ridiculous to play the silly "oh at least she didn't" game, I think that Biden should go for her throat (figuratively) at the very first sign of talking points or inevitable nonsense that is going to come out of her mouth.
He could clear the air for the entire country by politely looking at her and saying one thing...
I'm sorry I don't quite understand, please explain your position.
That would end it.
Why wont anyone bring up the reverse discrimination going on with this debate. Why is it OK for Palin to make mean comments, biting remarks, or be condesending and if Biden does it is sexist.
both sarah and joe will do the best they can for there ticket,
peoples mind are already made up . there is no swing voters out
i dont think thats true,.
my personal opinion is this everyone has pretty much decided who they will vote for.
I really think she will drop out of this debate at the start of this debate. She has all ready been made a fool of and I just can't and won't believe that McCain will put her through this.
Palin is a dope.
So what the vp job isn't anything until something happens to the prez. The mccain palin show reminds me of the dean martin jerry lewis show all blow and no go. Neither one is qualified to be chief.
When I look at McCain, I see Bush. If you vote for McCain, you have liked what has happened the last 8 years. Vote for Obama/Biden and get this country back on track. Yea Obama!!!!!!Yea Biden!!!!!
I am with you Jeffrey. All of this is becoming depressing and is really unnecessary.
Her hair is down to hide the wire
I agree with you! Too much is being made of "expectations". Both should stand equally on the political playing field. I am interested to see what journalists and pundits will say after the debate. Perhaps journalists reactions will help us viewers define what particular expectations the media have for both candidates.
Thank you, Mr. Toobin, for pointing this out. All too frequently, a bar that should be set high for all candidates is lowered by campaign handlers and media commentators.
The problem is that it has not been the same. The Liberal media has leeched on to Palin-mocking belittleling, disrespecting her in each and every way. They have not done that to any of the other candidates. I really think it's sexist and it's pathetic!
If expectations are not high then, this is not a race for the second most important position in America.
I definitely agree with what you wrote Jeffrey...the playing field of "expectations" should be set as evenly across the board as possible...also, when someone is openly expected to do poorly in any event, inevitably if that person merely holds their own, it is much more likely to appear as a success, even if the other party performs much better...
Where has the concepts gone? "Women, equal work equal pay".
I hear a lot of you feel women should be treated different even though they have the same job and getting the same pay.
Pray for widespread racism Repubs (of course you already do everyday). Its the only chance you have left.
Unfortunately, Palin has performed so poorly thus far it will be hard not to be impressed if she actually gets through the debate without rambling or being evasive when she so clearly does not know the answer to the question. I just hope the American people are savy enough to know BS when they hear it.
as a woman, I am disappointed on the low expectations people are given Palin. She is running for the second highest office in the land. She should be asked the same questions as any other candidate. Palin should not be give softball quesitons because she is a woman and hasn't been in the public eye before. This is nonsense because the world leaders are not going to treat her with kid gloves. Palin should have a foundation on the issues. If not, then she should not be running for vp.
I feel for Biden, he is going to have to be debating Palin with kids gloves, if he challenges her or says something to discredit something she says, the Mccain camp will cry FOUL... But you can bet that Palin will go at it with everything she has to discredit Biden, and she will get away with it, only because she is a woman.. Then again, maybe all the blundering she has done in her past interviews were just a ruse, to make people think she is dimwitted.. She might be holding back until tonight when she open fires on the issues..