Her Star Falling, Palin Crams for Debate

GOP running mate seeks relaunch after disastrous interview
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2008 7:33 AM CDT
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin greets supporters as she arrives at a rally with John McCain, Monday, Sept. 29,2008, in Columbus, Ohio.    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Things don't look good for Sarah Palin: her popularity is slipping, conservative columnists are turning on her, and in two days she faces Joe Biden in a debate she is widely expected to lose. After her roundly derided interview with Katie Couric, Palin has been awake into the wee hours cramming for the debate, reports the New York Times, and yesterday she arrived at John McCain's ranch in Sedona for intensive preparation.

Palin continues to draw large crowds at rallies, but national polls show her appeal has waned. Some in the GOP hope that low expectations will make even the most basic competence at Thursday's debate seem like a triumph. But David Frum, a former Bush speechwriter, pointed out that Dan Quayle never recovered from his first missteps as a VP candidate—and "Dan Quayle never in his life has performed as badly as Sarah Palin in the last month."