Sarah Palin just field dressed Joe Biden like a moose. She was awesome. She connected with the people. She had fun. She was relaxed. She was awesome.
Biden literally blew this debate — sighing heavily in the microphone. Rolling his eyes. Being condescending. Flagrantly lying about policies that Palin repeatedly called him on.
Ifill herself did wind up showing her bias. She rarely gave Palin the last word. By the end of the debate it was almost 3 to 1 with Biden getting the last word. She also tried to disrupt Palin's relationship with evangelicals by framing gay marriage around Alaska, mischaracterizing it too. LIkewise with global warming.
The line of the night will be "Say it ain't so, Joe." Palin was willing to break with the GOP and show how Biden and Obama have not ever broken with the Democrats.
She was smiling, gregarious, and clearly enjoying the night.
I sat in a room with five guys who came in loathing the night. They don't like McCain. They don't care for Palin. They think she botched her interviews. To a man they came out thinking she cleaned Biden's snide little clock.
Well done Sarah Palin. Those who were wavering should be standing up straight tomorrow cheering you on. And some of us never doubted.