For those that missed the live broadcast, the 97-minute Sept. 26 Presidential Debate is available via MSNBC, complete with a timeline (legend + keywords) so you can jump around to a particular topic. I’ve also embedded a YouTube version and linked a few debate analyses. 

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Here are the Saturday Night Live sketches [via NBC] that are absolutely on-point, referencing Palin’s botched interview with Katie Couric and the first presidential debate.Tina Fey’s portrayal of Sarah Palin is perfect! Also included is a link to the popular SNL opener featuring “Palin” and “Clinton.”

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Gov. Sarah Palin says she is “looking forward to” vice presidential debate; Joe Biden’s campaign is playing up Palin’s debate skills. [VP hopefuls in debate prep mode via CNN]

Apparently, Palin did so poorly in her mock debates that she’s having to undergo a bit of a debate training with McCain’s top aides. Everyone I know is looking forward to this Thursday’s VP debate!

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“The McCain campaign moved its top officials inside Gov. Sarah Palin’s operation Sunday to prepare for what is certain to be the most important event of her vice-presidential campaign: her debate on Thursday with Democrat Joe Biden. Additionally, at the urging of the Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, Gov. Palin will leave late Monday for his Arizona ranch to prepare for the high-stakes debate. The moves follow several shaky performances by Gov. Palin last week and come amid concern and grumbling from Republicans, and even a few queries from her husband, Todd Palin, according to campaign operatives and Republican officials.” 
[Game Plan for Palin Is Retooled Ahead of Debate via Wall St. Journal]

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“As we’ve seen and heard more from John McCain’s running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn’t know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion…Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League. No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted… “
[Palin Problem via National Review]

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