In what has to be seen as a testament to his foresight, Barack Obama has framed his campaign perfectly from the beginning of this election season. He has forced every one he’s faced (Clinton, McCain, now Palin) to try and make the case for their candidacies using his verbiage. And that’s a losing proposition.
The latest example comes from the now-infamous Palin-Couric interview (which CBS has somehow turned into two weeks worth of news):
COURIC: I know you’re heading to Sedona to work on your debate. What is your coach advising you?
Gov. PALIN: I don’t have a debate coach.
COURIC: Well, what are your coaches?
Gov. PALIN: I have quite a few people who are giving us information about the record of Obama and Biden, and at the end of the day, though, it is — it’s so clear, again, what those choices are. Either new ideas, new energy and reform of Washington, DC, or more of the same.
That talking point is… shall we say, an underdog.
Katie Couric, by the way? MVP of the last two weeks.