Will Palin’s limited media exposure work out as an advantage in the vice-presidential debate? Is it plausible that the McCain team is limiting her exposure partly in an attempt to gain such an advantage?
It seems to me to be much more difficult to prepare to debate against an unknown opponent. It seems Palin will have a lot more information about Biden than he will about her, and she should in theory have a lot better ability to predict how he will answer some questions, both in content and in style.
It’s also conceivable to me that this is an intentional tactic. Limiting Palin’s exposure early may have been necessary while they worked the rough edges out of an inexperienced candidate, but I could see the McCain campaign continuing to keep her exposure limited in order to hold on to that preparation advantage, and to set the stage for Palin to really come out and surprise everyone with a strong performance in the debate and score big points for the republican campaign.