Let’s say she has the most miserable performance imaginable–basically, she reveals her lack of understanding of several separate major issues, misspeaks herself, contradicts the party platform, McCain, herself, etc repeatedly, while Biden acquits himself well, behaves cordially towards her personally, and basically wipes the floor with her on all debating points. As close to a slamdunk debating win as Biden could possibly have.
Could Palin’s stock go up from such a debacle? Could she get so much sympathy, for being over-matched, for being a regular gal goin’ up against those smartass insiders and Beltway creeps (Biden and the moderator conspiring against poor pitiful her), and for just being so darned brave?
If not, what’s the biggest swing in Biden’s favor from an optimal debate? (In terms of what it does to increase the Dem’s % in national polls.) In short, what is the range of outcomes from a clear Biden victory in the debate?