Palin under pressure
My guess is that John McCain would like the bail-out - sorry, rescue plan - sorry, national investment strategy - to pass only at the end of the week, in order to divert attention from the train-wreck in St Louis on Thursday when the woman rational, educated Americans regard with ever-increasing horror steps into the ring with Joe Biden.
I think it is perfectly possible that Palin will "win" - some good pre-prepared stunts should do the trick - but at a cost: further alienation of the college-educated centre ground. Palin fever still exists at the grassroots but it has disappeared among the Republican elite and been replaced by plain old sweats. This is typical of what you hear. There is increasing confidence on the left that she can and should be attacked and no shortage of material that suggests a clean-cut hockey mom image is about to be destroyed.
McCain said in the debate that he and he alone of the two candidates understood the difference between tactics and strategy. His problem is that he is all tactics, Sarah Palin being proof of that. And Obama is all strategy, which is not ideal either...