Rich Galen

It would be a mistake for Sarah Palin to try and match up with Joe Biden on depth of knowledge. She can't have learned enough to do that. All she needs to do is to present herself as a competent, likeable, generally knowledgeable adult person who doesn't scare the audience by trying too hard and falling short.

Biden has to take whatever medication he needs to take to keep himself from being too clever, too smart, too loquacious, and/or too patronizing (how's that for a 1970's word?) toward Palin.

We KNOW Biden knows a lot. People aren't going to vote for Obama because Biden knows more the names of more deputy prime ministers of Europe than Palin.

It would be good for Palin to exceed the soft bigotry of even the low expectations which have been laid upon her.

The McCain campaign is in a slump and while it is better to be in a slump the last week of September than the last week of October, it is better yet to start putting the bat on the ball with some regularity.

I would like nothing better than for Sarah to emerge from Thursday's debate being proclaimed the winner by everyone but Joe Biden.

Take THAT Tina.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at