A lot of people are asking whether tonight's Vice Presidential debate will be a better forum for Sarah Palin to shine then her recent disastrous interviews. Okay, maybe not a lot of people but every talking head I see on cable news. Since they are asking, I'll answer.
Palin has one obstacle to success. It's not the format of a debate. It's not Joe Biden. It's not Gwen Ifill.
The problem is that Sarah Palin doesn't have sufficient knowledge of national and international affairs to hold the office of Vice President of the United States of America.
She seems to have done well enough in her debates in the 2006 Alaskan gubernatorial race but that's not because the debate format suited her better. It's because the debates weren't about national or international affairs.
Her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention went well because it wasn't about issues or her knowledge or opinions. It was a get acquainted speech where the country had its first chance to look at Sarah Palin. The speech's best lines were all lies. The plane on eBay and the Bridge To Nowhere and the opposition to earmarks and all the other currently well documented mooseshit.
Palin's interviews show a woman who learned how to answer questions competing in beauty pagents. You smile, try to keep your composure and then throw out enough catch phrases and power words to get the judges to vote for you. It works, too, on some level.
But for the sake of country and the world, it can't work at the Vice Presidential debate.