Someone brought a Whiffle Ball to a World Series Game

After weeks of telling us that Sarah Palin’s more experienced than, well, anybody, that she’s tough, that she’s a barracuda, that she’s a pit bull in lipstick, that she’s ready on day one, that she’s seasoned—the McCain campaign has demanded that the Vice Presidential debates be softened up for her.

At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.

Gee, I hope that if she gets any calls at 3 AM, they’re short and structured enough for her.