A confidential but highly reliable source confirms that the debate between Senator Biden and Governor Palin will be moderated by Speaker Pelosi, rather than by Gwen Ifill. This has come about due to the controversy over whether the formerly intended moderator might exhibit some bias toward the Biden/Obama ticket in her conduct of the debate. It was revealed this morning that Ms. Ifill, who has been quite critical in the past of Governor Palin, has written a book entitled The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama , which she discusses in an online video. Her book is described on Amazon as follows:
In THE BREAKTHROUGH, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s stunning presidential campaign and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power.
It is scheduled for release on or about the day of President Obama's inauguration.
It is difficult to understand why Ms. Ifill was replaced as moderator, although some might suggest that it was because even the mere appearance, nay even the barest hint, of bias could make the moderator seem less than objective. PBS declined to comment, other than to note that Speaker Pelosi is a well regarded public figure, easily able to put partisan nonsense to bed when it should be, and that since she had been so remarkably successful in getting the bipartisan financial bailout passed by her Congress, she has the time to do it. It was also noted that Ms. Ifill had only recently broken an ankle (it is not clear which one), and that she needs a brief hiatus to permit a full recovery. Rumors that Speaker Pelosi will receive a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of Ms. Ifill's book are patently untrue.
According to the confidential source linked above, some thought had been given to asking Senator or perhaps former President Clinton to moderate the debate, but this notion was quickly quashed by the Biden/Obama campaign. It was felt that doing so might lead to allegations of subjectivity, since both are firm in their support of the Democratic Party ticket. The source reports that, only yesterday, former President Clinton remarked that he believes that Senator Obama would be an "incredible" president. He did not elaborate on this remark, although he was reported to be seen snickering.