It may be the most hotly-anticipated political event of the year. Tomorrow night, Sarah Palin and Joe Biden will debate for the one and only time.
Among Republicans, there's all kinds of angst about Sarah Palin's readiness. From the NY Times:
Her halting interview with Katie Couric on CBS News alarmed many Republicans and gave fodder for a devastating parody on Saturday Night Live.
“I think the Katie Couric interview shows that she needs to be briefed more on certain aspects,” said Jim Greer, the Republican chairman in Florida. “She continues to be viewed very positively by the base of the party, but she needs to demonstrate that she’s got the knowledge and ability to be president should the need arise.”
Polling suggests that the number of Americans who think she is not fit to be president has increased since her introduction to the country last month. A number of conservative columnists and thinkers have publicly turned against her, or criticized Mr. McCain for choosing her, including George Will, David Brooks and Kathleen Parker, who wrote a column entitled “She’s Out of Her League” for the National Review Online.
Among Democrats, there's another nearly-universal worry: Will Joe Biden be too tough on Sarah Palin - generating sympathy for the Alaska governor? From the AP:
In addition, Biden will be debating a female candidate who has excited many women and elicited sympathy for some attacks perceived as sexist. If Biden comes on too strong or is condescending, he could be viewed as bullying or disrespectful.
What will you be watching for? What do you expect to happen? What does Joe Biden need to do to win? What does Sarah Palin have to do to win?