Sarah Palin did fine and may have even “won” by exceeding expectations. She was likeable, she was lookable, but I don’t think she was wildly persuasive on substance. It was clear that they bought into the “Let Palin be Palin” argument, because she played to her strenghts: folksiness,”adorability” as the Luntz panel guy put it, Joe Six Pack and the Hockey Moms. She displayed knowledge in areas where she was not expected to and whenever she was asked a question where Biden was clearly better informed she capably steered the conversation back to things she did know — Alaska, personal anecdotes, energy policy, arguments about Democratic tax increases.
Joe Biden avoided putting his foot in his mouth, was well informed and crisp if occasionally to Washington-wonkish, and struck the right balance in terms of challenging Palin without bullying or patronizing her. He was a little flat in the beginning but picked up steam as he went along. But the expectations game did not favor him.
A lot will depend on how you were disposed to view the candidates going in — if you like Palin, you’ll find her personal touch charming; if you don’t like her, you’ll find it grating — but given the Couric and Gibson interviews I’d have to think Team McCain is happy with Palin. She was effective on the attack, comfortable with the format, and willing to turn tough questions to her advantage. I liked Palin the Buchananite a lot better than Palin John McCain’s Mini-Me and thought this was more of a pillow fight than a debate, but tonight helped the Alaska governor and should quiet some of the calls for her to leave the ticket. There were no “You’re no Jack Kennedy” deer-in-the-headlights moments tonight. A better comparison would be when Dan Quayle held his own against Al Gore in 1992.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online