Well that was a surprise, wasn't it? Like most people, I expected Sarah Palin's candidacy to self combust tonight. It didn't, and she didn't. Joe Biden spent most of the debate talking about John McCain. I would love to know how many times he mentioned his name. He came across as a typical Washington old hand - just the opposite to Palin. Yes, he is experienced and would be a perfectly adequate Vice President, but in this debate he never caught fire.
Sarah Palin decided to be herself. She clearly hasn't got the substance of Biden but she was more substantial on several issues than I expected her to be.
It will be interesting to see how different parts of America reacted to this debate. I suspect New York and California will give it to Biden, while middle America would have been impressed by Palin.
In reality, neither of them scored a real home run. Biden was solid and performed as most expected him to. But I do think Palin edged it, simply because she didn't make a single gaffe and surpassed everyone's expectations.