Two and Out
I took two things away from last night’s vice presidential debate in St. Louis. First, Sarah Palin’s performance was sufficient to reassure nervous conservatives that their initial enthusiasm for her wasn't misplaced. I don’t think she won over many new converts last night, but she stepped back from the brink of career ruin within her own party.
Second, while keeping his foot out of his mouth, Joe Biden did a good job of putting the focus of the debate on the lack of policy separation between John McCain and President Bush. I was actually surprised that Palin wasn’t more effective in painting Barack Obama as a risky choice during difficult times for our country. She needed a stronger performance in this respect, in order for last night’s debate to have any significant impact on the presidential race’s current lean-Obama dynamic.

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