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  •  DemFromCT, you didn't bold enough. (0+ / 0-)

    Though the controversy generated much press, public opinion polls did not significantly change, and the Republicans maintained a solid lead.

    Isn't it possible that the VP debate that year didn't matter because it was overshadowed by whatever allowed the Republicans to maintain their lead?

    I think tonight's debate is different. If Palin can perform like she did in some of her Alaska debates, some of her negative numbers might change. In short, since her tanking numbers have been such a drag on McCain, I suspect there's more at stake tonight. I'm not sure Quayle was ever that kind of drag on Bush (though you may have the numbers to prove me wrong).

    "You can't talk to the ignorant about lies, since they have no criteria." --Ezra Pound

    by machopicasso on Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 04:47:49 AM PDT

    •  Bush at 22, wrong track at 80%, economy sucks (3+ / 0-)
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      Republicans in power for 8 years, Iraq war a mistake... and your point is...?

      Palin is an anchor, but it's the captain that is sinking the ship.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 04:52:05 AM PDT

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      •  My point was just that Palin seems more capable (1+ / 0-)
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        of hurting McCain than Quayle was of hurting Bush, Sr., and, because of that difference, that tonight's debate could be more significant than you implied in your post.  

        I assume "the captain" whom you referred to is Bush. Still, the disparity between Palin's and McCain's unfavorables is astounding:

        Sarah Palin's fav/unfav is now 40/53 (- 13, a new low) and McCain is now -3.

        You just don't pick a running-mate who can hurt you that badly. The day I saw Palin had been picked, I thought, "McCain's just given away the election." But I didn't imagine it'd materialize this dramatically. And tonight's debate is an opportunity to see whether the Palin train wreck continues.  

        "You can't talk to the ignorant about lies, since they have no criteria." --Ezra Pound

        by machopicasso on Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 05:05:54 AM PDT

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