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From the New York Times this morning: The vice presidential debate will have a different format than the presidential debate. While the presidential debates will allow McCain and Obama to engage in back and forth dialog, Palin and Biden will answer questions given them but not address each other. The reason?

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.

Um… what?? We’re giving Barbie training wheels for the debates?

Okay, to be fair, there was this paragraph a little further on in the article:

McCain advisers said they were only somewhat concerned about Ms. Palin’s debating skills compared with those of Mr. Biden, who has served six terms in the Senate, or about his chances of tripping her up. Instead, they say, they wanted Ms. Palin to have opportunities to present Mr. McCain’s positions, rather than spending time talking about her experience or playing defense.

Apart from the fact that I believe we have a legitimate reason for being concerned about Palin being left with the keys if grampa croaks, and thus have every right to be asking her questions about her abilities and qualifications, I’m just totally boggled at the concept that anyone feels the need to spot Sarah some slack. She thinks she’s fully qualified – she never questioned whether or not she was. If she’s ready to play with the big kids, then let her loose. If she needs training wheels, she’s not ready. It’s that simple.

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