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... Make that 18 Million (and One) Cracks in the Glass Ceiling

McCain's strategy of wooing Hillary voters makes even more sense now, doesn't it.  (And you thought you couldn't be excited about a McCain candidacy ...)

It is important that Palin gets off to a good start today with a good speech.  Aside from that, though, some think
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Joe Biden will "eat her alive in the debates" but this is a simplistic analysis.  First, historically, it may not matter who wins that debate.  Second, Biden will have to be very careful how he handles the debate.  I think that the wrong attack on Palin could backfire in a way that an attack on Hillary didn't backfire ...

Flashback to '84
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Ferraro held her own in the vice-presidential debate with George Bush on October 11, 1984, but most pundits agreed that Bush came out ahead, adequately performing the difficult task laid out by one of his advisers: "Your assignment is to win, but not have her lose." Bush could not appear too patronizing, nor could he seem too deferential. But his comment at a rally for longshoremen in Elizabeth, New Jersey the morning after the debate -- that he had "tried to kick a little ass" -- became, as political reporters Jack Germond and Jules Witcover called it, a "classic campaign tempest in a teapot." As did a comment by Barbara Bush characterizing Ferraro as "a four million dollar -- I can't say it but it rhymes with rich" because, in the opinion of the vice-president's wife, Ferraro was masquerading as a working-class wife and mother.

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