To begin with a negative, Joe Biden started off with the glaringly false narrative the Democrats are all selling that says Bush administration deregulation caused the current financial crisis, when we know it was Democrats’ efforts to stop oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac so those organizations could give more sub-prime loans to high risk, unqualified borrowers. And like McCain in the first debate, Palin left that whopper from Biden hang out there unrefuted. It’s always tough to rebut every point in an unending stream of spin, but the Republicans really need to do better. We know the DeMSM aren’t going to do their job at this point.
But over all, this was the Sarah Palin that conservatives were hoping would show up for tonight’s debate. She was confident, showed knowledge of the issues discussed, pointed out contrasts with the other ticket without coming off as mean or angry, and introduced her executive experience to the audience.
She was not perfect of course. She started to drift into the old talking points a few times (as did Joe Biden). But those points were the exception; she didn’t rely on talking points to get by. She answered the questions confidently, and used her time to make the points she wanted to make.
The McCain campaign had a lot riding on this debate. If Palin had failed tonight, that would have likely been crippling to the campaign. But that was not to be. She delivered. She went to-to-toe with a veteran Washington politician, and more than held here own. A very strong performance at a critical time. Finally, her closing statement was great, with unapologetic patriotism and a genuine concern for the future of the nation. Well done.