Intense Anticipation: The San Francisco Chronicle says tonight’s debate is “must-see TV – even if you loathe politics – for its sheer unpredictability.” Both candidates “display a marked tendency to set off America’s collective gaffe-o-meter,” the Hartford Courant writes, producing a “ghoulish fascination — like waiting for a crash at a NASCAR race — with tonight’s debate.” Politico notes that media figures expect it to be a ratings juggernaut, likely overtaking those of the first presidential debate.
Serious Doubts: The AP reported Thursday morning that voters harbor “serious doubts” about Palin’s readiness. Fred Thompson defended her on CBS’ Early Show:
“People will have a chance to see her from beginning to end without being edited,” former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., told CBS’ “The Early Show” on Thursday.
“We’ve all had bad days,” Thompson said, “and she’s had some bad moments in some of these interviews, just like the rest of us have had.”