Thursday, September 25, 2008

McCain and the Debate

As for the question of Friday night's debate, which some in the media seem to think more important than saving the financial system--if the negotiations are still going on in D.C., McCain should offer to send Palin to debate Obama! Or he can take a break from the meetings, fly down at the last minute himself, and turn a boring foreign policy debate, in which he and Obama would repeat well-rehearsed arguments, into a discussion about leadership and decisiveness. And if the negotiations are clearly on a path to success, then McCain can say he can now afford to leave D.C., fly down, and the debate would become a victory lap for McCain.

It sounds good in theory, but humans only have a finite amount of energy. The risk is McCain might become exhausted from trying to forge a consensus, and consequently might appear tired and cranky in the debate.