If Obama continues to be drawn into an open, candidate-to-candidate fracas about experience [versus Palin], then McCain clearly wins... Obama can win this battle and lose the war if the media will run with it.Rove wrote, at greater length:
It's a matchup he'll lose. If Mr. Obama wants to win, he needs to remember he's running against John McCain for president, not Mrs. Palin for vice president... Mr. Obama has again started a debate he can't win.People who say that the Palin choice stripped McCain of his best talking point against Obama miss the point: Palin was the bait, and the Obama campaign's esophagus is where the hook, line, and sinker are right now. Obama will have to extricate himself if he's going to get any traction and regain control of the dialogue. Comments about porcine makeup aren't helping.