Bill Kristol barely makes sense even when he's shilling for his candidate:
As for the campaign, Palin made clear — without being willing to flat out say so — that she regretted allowing herself to be overly handled and constrained after the Republican convention. She described the debate on Thursday night as “liberating,” and she emphasized how much she now looked forward to being out there, “getting to speak directly to the folks.”
Since she seemed to have enjoyed the debate, I asked her whether she’d like to take this opportunity to challenge Joe Biden to another one.
There was a pause, and I thought I heard some staff murmuring in the background (we were on speaker phones). She passed on the notion of a challenge. But she did say she was more than willing to accept an invitation to debate with Biden again, and even expressed a preference for a town hall meeting-type format.
In addition to the very perplexing murmuring, is the idea that somehow a debate is an opportunity to speak directly to the folks. It isn't–you're supposed to engage with the other candidate. That's the point. It's clear that she doesn't get it and Kristol doesn't even care.