For anyone hoping that Sarah Palin would put the final nail in her own coffin, tonight must have been a disappointment. We saw none of the stumbling, deer-in-the-headlight moments weâ€™d seen in her sit-down interviews. Overall, she came off as intelligent and middle American. But just because she held her own doesnâ€™t mean she won. Nope, Joe Biden won this debate. Hereâ€™s why:
If you listened to their words and forgot the game of expectations, Biden clearly had a more comprehensive grasp of the issues from the economic to the international. He did an excellent job of picking apart Palinâ€™s claims of maverick-leanings by pointing out how often the McCain/Palin positions mirror the Bush administration positions. Palin rarely had an answer for those assertions.
Just as significantly, Biden managed not to come off as a stuffy senator but as a real guy â€“ at least as real as Palin. As a father who is very involved in my family, I appreciated his defense of his own parenthood. That was the kind of genuine moment he needed to counteract Palinâ€™s charisma.
All that said, I donâ€™t think Palin lost her side any votes tonight. In fact, I think she shored up support by calming the worries of McCainâ€™s less-excited supporters. She seemed confident and I think she put her disastrous Katie Couric interview behind her. Donâ€™t be surprised to see her attract large audiences for the remainder of this campaign.
And thatâ€™s my two cents.
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