Instead of unsheathing Palin, the strategy this week is to attack Joe Biden and try to drive a wedge between him and Obama, another McCain aide said.
For the day, you mean. For a guy who's so old, John McCain reminds me of nothing more than an ADHD-addled little kid, in terms of temperament as well as policy.
I've read some analysis saying that Palin will probably do well because the expectations were sufficiently lowered. Then again, I agree with Nate Silver that this was never the intention. I guess it depends on how well she plays the victim card, because that's all she can play right now. We'll see.