I Debated Her, and Had No Chance

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2008 8:40 PM CDT
Vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, arrives at a rally with Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., not shown, in Columbus, Ohio, Monday, Sept. 29, 2008.    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Joe Biden will trump Sarah Palin tomorrow night with facts, analysis, and a senatorial track record that leaves her looking green. In other words, he doesn't stand a chance. Take it from Andrew Halcro, a former Alaska state rep who debated Palin dozens of times. "She's a master, not of facts, figures, or insightful policy recommendations, but at the fine art of the nonanswer, the glittering generality," he writes in the Christian Science Monitor.

To beat Biden, she only has to "fill the room with her presence and stick to the scripted sound bites." As for Biden, he has little hope against such charms. "He should simply ignore Palin in a respectful manner on the stage," writes Halcro. "Any attempt to flex his public-policy knowledge and show Palin is not ready for prime time will inevitably cast him in the role of the bully."