Palin had good answers. Unfortunately they weren’t to the questions that were being asked.
Palin won in the sense that she exceeded her expectation by not sounding like a complete idiot. But as far as content, personality, or any other measure that has letters from the alphabet Joe Biden took the debate hands down.
1. The Questions: I’m sure you were handed great talking points but the questions asked in the debate are pretty important. You know, to provide information. Politicians usually get away with linking out of a question or two, but Palin linked out of the entire debate.
2. Cute without the “E” : If you talk like a five year old, act like a five year old, and give off the impression that you have the intelligence of a five year old, then people are going to think of you like a five year old. Its cute that you can be folksy but uhhh…folksy doesn’t pay my bills. Considering that voters are most worried about the economy, Palin didn’t do much to help McCain close the deficit at the polls.
3. This is Baseball not Water Polo: Paul Begala made a good point on CNN. The way that McCain wins the election is by making Barack Obama seem risky. Palin didn’t advance that message at all. Palin helped herself in terms of not looking dumb, but thats not going to persuade undecided voters.
4. Soundbites: Biden had several, Palin had none. Nuff said.
PS. CBS News has Biden winning 46 – 21 with 33% saying it was a tie.
CNN has Biden up 59- 29