Drag On The Ticket

For many, it would seem that the reason for McCain’s recent nose dive in the polls is obvious.  Primarily, the shift in the momentum of the race would be driven by the economy, with McCain’s strange flailing about in the context thereof acting almost like an accelerator.

Few would doubt that Sarah Palin’s own fall from grace would have at least some negative impact, but as Marc Ambinder reports, this could be more than most realize.

Interestingly enough, Palin does score high on the “down-to-earth” meter, which has been an ingredient to Republican success in the past.  But this time, that folksy charm just doesn’t seem to be doing the trick.

As even conservative commentators are beginning to turn their backs on Palin, it is true that people are rapidly becoming disenchanted with the Alaskan governor, and this would seem to be reflecting directly onto John McCain’s quality of judgement.

Nowhere does this seem to be more apparent than in Florida where Palin has spent a considerable portion of her time on the campaign trail, and yet Barack Obama is surging out in front of the Republican ticket.

Which brings me to tomorrow night’s debate, and the stakes involved.

Few will argue that expectations for Palin could be set any lower, just as there would be few who would deny honestly that Palin could exceed those expectations.  But would such a victory actually have a net positive impact on the ticket?

That’s the major question, now.  Can a pre-game spin operation induce enough success to fully turn around opinion on the oft maligned Republican running mate?

Some would argue that even if Palin does better than expected tomorrow night, such a performance can’t undo all the damage that has already been done.  Nor does it prevent the running mate from doing more damage later on down the road.

One Response to “Drag On The Ticket”

  1. “Some would argue that even if Palin does better than expected tomorrow night, such a performance can’t undo all the damage that has already been done. ”

    And who would that be, Kyle?

    Palin’s apparently a good debater, and a strong performance (with perhaps a Biden gaffe or moment of sexist condescension) could be a game changer. Gallup has Obama up by 4 points today, basically a point or so above where we were before the conventions. So, again, I don’t think your comments about Palin dragging down the ticket are warranted. Both sides got an artificial bounce, and the novelty of Palin’s introduction has worn off.

    And that’s a non-partisan spin. This election remains Obama’s to lose, and he may well do so, even with the media in his tank.

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