I haven’t watched the debate yet. I’ve been doing volunteer work (yes, we selfish conservatives sometimes give generously of our time), getting food, preparing dinner, and wrapping up a brief that needs to be filed tomorrow. What I thought I’d do, therefore, is reprint here a prediction I made about the debate in an email I sent a friend early this afternoon. Since I probably won’t get to watch Sarah in action until the weekend, you can tell me if I’m right or wrong. Here’s my email:
I can predict the only possible outcomes for this debate:
Whether she does well or not, the MSM will savage her.
If she truly does well (outside of MSM perceptions), the conservative blogosphere will celebrate and hope for an 11th hour victory among ordinary Americans.
If she truly does badly (outside of MSM perceptions), we’ll be enveloped in despair, because the election will be over. Barring a true October surprise showing something not just awful, but new and awful about Obama, it will have ended tonight.
If she does medium well (outside of MSM perceptions), we will still have lost, because the media savagery will control the public perceptions.
In other words, there’s only one possibility for a good outcome, and that’s if Palin truly shines. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.