Palin survived the debate. And because she didn't fall off the stage or set her hair on fire, she's even being declared the winner in some quarters. Over at FOX News they are already summoning a flight of angels to carry her to a golden throne at the right hand of Jesus, where she and that old guy she's running with - his name escapes me at the moment - will rule for 10,000 years. Verily.
Serioulsy, though, McCain's Vagina did not flub the debate. Instead, using a blend of folksiness and cliches, she managed to sound reasonably coherent. Her handlers did the right thing by having her take the offense; they knew Biden had too much class to give her a smack-down, given that he's against Violence to Women and all.
The result: Palin came across as Tough, even if it was the Cutesy Variety of Tough. After the debate, MSNBC's Newsweek contributer Howard Fineman likened Palin's performance to "a wolverine attacking the pant leg of a passerby."
For those who are voting based on nothing more than a Tingly Conservative Feeling, McCain's Vagina rewarded them with spasms of pure Neanderthal pleasure. After a disheartening week, they finally have their mojo back. Yeah, baby!
But for those of us looking for more information on Palin's policy positions, well, I'm afraid we're going to need more than her showing us what a Maverick she is by refusing to answer questions.
I'd like to see more interviews, although I can understand why McCain's Vagina is reluctant to give them. Journalists like to pin politicians to the mat and press for answers. It's not so easy to wink and grin your way out of an interview.
And I never though I'd do this, but I am going say that I understand why Palin may refuse to sit down with another journalist. This morning, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough passionately - and fairly - observed that the disastrous CBS interview was leaked out in dribs and drabs over the last week, leaving the impression that Palin was repeatedly screwing up when it was really just in one interview. Now, granted, the interview was still telling; Palin came across as completely unfit for the job she's been tapped to do, but releasing portions of the interview like that in run-up to the debate was kind of dirty pool when you think about it.
Scarborough said every Republican since Ike has been painted as a buffoon. Ford was a klutz, Reagan was nothing but an idiot actor, Quayle was stupid, Bush was a moron. He said the media is doing the same thing with Palin. He doesn't think it's fair.
And it may not be fair, which is why we need to all cut through the media spin on both sides and really listen to these people. If you did that last night, you didn't see anything impressive from Palin, unless you're impressed by a woman who can wink and talk at the same time.
And poor Biden. Despite the fact that he responded to every question with facts and made his points and rebutted hers, this morning the nation is sitting around celebrating the mediocrity of the candidate who really did neither.