SINCE NO ONE ASKED, and yet the internet demands words,
FLUBS MATTER MOST--misstatements of fact, flustered moments of silence, obvious "dog ate homework" moments, and other assorted COURICIANA.
HERE IS THE FLOWCHART as I see it.
Palin flubs + Biden flubs = ADVANTAGE PALIN. Storyline="Everybody is human."
Neither flubs = ADVANTAGE PALIN. Storyline= "Palin didn't flub."
Palin doesn't flub + Biden flubs = MAJOR ADVANTAGE PALIN. Storyline="What's the problem with Joe Biden?"
Palin flubs + Biden doesn't flub = ADVANTAGE THE UNIVERSE. Storyline= Palin exits the national stage.
I WOULD TAKE NO GLEE IN THIS, but I would be relieved. In any case, Biden must not flub.
THE WILD CARD: will Biden attack?
PALIN CERTAINLY WILL. It is part of "Palin being Palin."
I TRUST that Biden has been counseled neither to attack nor counter-attack Palin. It is a massive risk, and he has nothing to gain.
I AM SURE that Biden agrees with this strategy as of this writing.
I AM NOT SO SURE that he will follow it. In the heat of the moment he may not be able to help himself.
If he succumbs, ADVANTAGE PALIN--even if (especially if) she flubs. Storyline="Biden=mean."
AS YOU SEE, by my goofball reasoning at least, that's four possible PALIN FTWs, and only one out for the entire universe.
IT ALL DEPENDS ON BIDEN'S SELF CONTROL.
I like Biden. But I will be drinking.
That is all.