For Thursday’s debate:

Several Republicans said that all of [her previous bubble-headed behavior] could ultimately play to Ms. Palin’s benefit, lowering expectations for her so much that a mediocre performance in the debate could be hailed as a success.

“Thanks to the mainstream media, quite a low expectation has been created for her performance,” said Ron Carey, chairman of Minnesota’s Republican Party.

What, so if she doesn’t burst into tears and run off the stage we’re going to call this a success? Biden’s been in this game since she was, like, in the second grade! Even if she doesn’t fail quite as spectacularly as even her own party expects her to, girlfriend doesn’t stand a chance.