Before last night a lot of Republican operatives were wringing their hands about the prospect of Sarah Palin going up against Joe Biden in a vice presidential debate. If those same hands are being rubbed together right now, they should be, and here's why.
Joe Biden's chief weakness is that he comes off as inauthentic. If you watched the judicial hearings for Robert Bork or any of the Supreme Court nominees in recent years, it is plain as day. He seems smarmy and arrogant. He exudes a lack of genuineness from his shoes all the way up the ends of his hair plugs. I can't think of an easier target for Sarah Palin's homespun charisma.
Call it the "Authenticity Gap".
The Democrats are going to have to retool Biden's demeanor, and they only have until October 2 to do it.