Oh, and by the way, apparently there will be big changes after the election. Right.
Palin's team had set expectations so low there was no way she couldn't exceed them. She got nervous in a couple of places, and I actually expected her to crack at least once. However, whoever prepped her did a good job - she stayed on her talking points throughout, made the right nods to the constituency she was supposed to (she's "tolerant" of gays, but no marriage for you from either party), and she evinced the sort of folksy cheery attitude that works so well for salesmen but scares the holy bejeezus out of the "elite". I don't know about you, but we've had 16 years of folksy cheery attitude.
Amazingly, she pronounced the word as "nu-cue-lar". Must have been busy field dressing a moose when that particular faux pas escaped Fearless Leader's lips. I could swear Biden said "Biden" at one point when he meant "Obama", which is an Oedipal slip if I ever heard one.
Like most people, this debate will change few minds, but it will also not seriously affect any trends, which are moving in Obama's direction. The Obama camp was smart to get the foreign policy debate between him and McCain out of the way early, now they can focus on McCain's glaring weaknesses on the economy and domestic issues. Of course, I don't expect those debates to change things much either. The candidates are under no requirement to actually answer the questions, and most of the time is spent arguing back and forth about who voted for what and how many times.
For God's sakes, people, a voting record is a joke. There are so many votes conducted on minutiae on the floor, and so many amendments and sweeteners thrown into legislation that complaining about someone's record is like quoting the Bible: you can make just about any argument you want to. If I were president (and I am in no way interested in that job), the first thing I'd do is introduce legislation requiring that every law voted on by Congress could consist of no more than five pages of 12 point text and could only contain related laws as determined by me.
The longer this goes on, the more depressed I get.
Who won? Depends on who wins in November. Just like you don't know how much your house is worth until you sell it. Especially now.