After watching the Vice Presidential debate tonight, I think its fair to say that Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has lived to fight another day. All she had to do this evening was not come off as a Saturday Night Live skit and she would have been successful, a task she accomplished to the great satisfaction of her supporters who undoubtedly are breathing a sigh of relief.
That said, Senator Joe Biden was in his element and it is easy to see way Barack Obama tapped him as his VP, the man is a master of foreign policy. His fluency with the issues had to be reassuring to many independents and perhaps a growing number of Republicans who are not convinced that Sarah Palin is ready to be President of the United States should something happen to McCain. Biden was dominant and very rarely had to consult his notes, whereas Palin seemed overly scripted and evasive. She didn’t seem at all confident to me, and it was quite obvious that she was merely regurgitating a bunch a talking points crammed into her head during the course of the week.
The woman is way over her head and out of her league. I came away from the debate liking Biden a little bit more than I did before, maybe because he did such a great job at joining Bush and McCain at the hip and underscoring their insanity in taking us into this war. He also did a fine job of highlighting the failure of McCain’s economic plan to do anything for the middle class while offering massive tax breaks to the rich.
I will be honest here, I was kinda hoping Sarah Palin would give us some good SNL stuff tonight, but to her credit she didn’t bomb after coming under enormous pressure to do well. This performance really was a “make or break” for her, and she managed to emerge from it respectfully. However she never was any match for Biden, who was absolutely superb in this debate.