The Campaign Spot

Keep Ifill, Despite The Glaring Conflict of Interest

It’s a little late to replace Gwen Ifill as moderator of the vice-presidential debate, and McCain partisans might prefer to have a moderator with a glaring conflict-of-interest to provide a handy objection to any question Palin deems out of bounds.

“Gwen, that sounds like the kind of question one would ask if one had a financial stake in the election of Barack Obama — like a book about him coming out early next year or something.”
But as if we needed any further evidence of a jaw-dropping double standard, we have to contemplate the sheer impossibility that someone who wrote a positive biography of McCain being chosen to moderate a debate.
UPDATE: Campaign Spot reader Bill offers a good idea:

Maybe Governor Palin could compliment Ms Ifill on her book.

Palin (to Ifill):  I understand you’ve been writing a book about black political progress, including Senator Obama’s campaign.  I’d just like to take a moment to congratulate you on your literary endeavor and wish you great success.  Having written many speeches, political and others, I find that it’s very rewarding to translate your personal, original thoughts to text  – don’t you agree, Senator Biden?

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