Foreign policy shift

Palin should be shakier now but will probably just go on attack.

By Thomas Schaller
Published October 3, 2008 1:56AM (EDT)

Palin already looks shakier on the foreign policy side. She's going to her notes more. She is not going to answer directly any questions and instead goes to all political punch lines and rudimentary platitudes, like "stinking corpse." (And did she drop a "nukular" in there or is that my imagination?)

She had a nice convo with Henry Kissinger. Did they draft him for debate prep?

And does she have a more refined version of Bush's tendencies to get to a key word or phrase at the end of the sentence and then punctuate it, as if pleased with herself and feeling relief she got to it?

If there is a chance to rough her up without attacking her, this is it for Biden. But you know what: He is being forced to defend Obama's positions and votes. Palin is lobbing things his way to keep herself off defense ... not bad. Biden even had to make clear that Obama is OK on Israel.

Speaking of Israel, Palin says she likes the two-state solution, and dropped Condi Rice in there. And she loves Israel. (She's trying to imply Obama doesn't ... there's some Jew-scaring tactics at work here.) She was ready for this one, but really, the two parties and candidates differ so little on Israel it was a wasted question by Gwen Ifill. Loose nukes, Africa and South America -- these would be fun areas to explore. Hopefully Ifill will throw some new, curveball questions at them.

"Huge blunders!"

Biden "hasn't heard" ... nice riff on Bush = McCain.

Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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