It has been reported that Palin is undergoing debate prep by doing mock debates and mock press conferences. Here's what's going on:
Ed Schultz via Mudflats:
Capitol Hill sources are telling me that senior McCain people are more than concerned about Palin. The campaign has held a mock debate and a mock press conference; both are being described as “disastrous.” One senior McCain aide was quoted as saying, “What are we going to do?” The McCain people want to move this first debate to some later, undetermined date, possibly never. People on the inside are saying the Alaska Governor is “clueless.” ... Palin’s performance in the mock debate was SO bad, they stopped it right in the middle and didn’t even bother to go on.
Biden has done nearly 100 interviews since being picked as Obama's VP on August 23. Palin has done 3. Ed Rollins, a CNN contributor and Republican strategist, said Palin has lost her confidence in recent weeks. Dumb, inexperienced, and ready to be slaughtered.
One has to wonder how Palin herself is handling this, as the house of cards comes tumbling down around her. The last two weeks have surely gone to show her that there’s way more to being the Vice President than she originally thought when she asked, “What exactly is it that the VP does every day?” just a few short weeks before she was thrust into this situation. When your world is Wasilla, and you’re only just starting to get your feet wet running a state with less than a million people, it’s got to be a bit of a shock when you realize how very much bigger the whole country is, than what you imagined when you “didn’t blink.”
The McCain camp is trying to manipulate the debate format to protect Palin:
CNN: The vice presidential debate will resemble the traditional presidential event. However, the New York Times reported last Sunday that the McCain campaign sought to limit the time for freewheeling discussion in the vice presidential debate. Advisers to Palin were reportedly worried that format could put the Alaska governor -- a relatively inexperienced debater -- on the defensive most of the evening. The agreed-upon format for that debate now includes an abbreviated two-minute discussion period during which the candidates can engage each other.
This is going to be fun!!