The way the game is played is thus: you paint your opponent as a master debater and insist that your guys is tremendously out-skilled, heading into the debate as the clear underdog. That way, when the debate plays out, your candidate inevitably performs better than the lowered expectations you set for him. Nonetheless, it's hard to imagine David Wade, one of Joe Biden's spokespeople, describing Sarah Palin as:
"...a leviathan of forensics, who has debated five times and she's undefeated.”
If Wade managed to say that with a straight face, my hat's off to him.