Tonight we’ll start the VP debate liveblog around 8:30, in a post with comments turned off, and if the site stops working, I’ll turn all comments off. The test liveblog was viewed by a lot of people, but we learned that if we let a bunch of commenters into the liveblog, the stream becomes unreadable. So we’re going to let people comment, but only approve some, not just because we’re fascists, but also because we want to have something going on during the debates versus what we had last time, which at least for me was more-or-less nothing. If that doesn’t work tonight, we’ll try plan C for the next Presidential debates. Any front pager who wants to participate, send me an email and I’ll get you set up. We might also have a special guest, a debate expert, arranged by DougJ. Tune in and find out.
I guess Bernard has left me an opening here, because he’s apparently not positive that tonight’s debate will be a total disaster. The day is long, so perhaps he will tell us later why a Biden failure is an almost certainly. Meanwhile, here are a couple of my pollyanna observations about the VP debates. First, these things are set up via secret negotiations between the campaigns, who are risk-averse, so it’s tough for one candidate to score a total win. Expectations of a slam-dunk by either candidate are stupid. Romney did not score a slam-dunk last week, but the expectation that Obama would wipe the floor with him set up a liberal backlash. I don’t expect Biden to wipe the floor with a well-prepared, slippery weasel like Paul Ryan. Adjust your expectations accordingly. Second, the VP debate is always more heated, and also less important. Lloyd Bentsen did not become Vice President, and Dan Quayle is dumber than Paul Ryan.
Also, too: this week’s jobs report showed the best numbers since February, 2008. That’s a hell of a lot more important than a debate.