WASHINGTON - Joe Biden’s task was to attack. Sarah Palin’s was to attack, connect and stick to her folksy script.Wow! When even MSNBC begrudgingly gives it to Palin, you know it's the real thing. I only caught the highlights, but judging from the views around the blogosphere it's pretty clear that most peeps thought Palin won, while Joe Biden just did not impress anybody:
While both vice presidential candidates succeeded in their only debate of the campaign Thursday night, the stakes were much higher and the bar was much lower for Palin. So, in the contest of low expectations, Palin won.
If nothing else, the first-term Alaska governor got past the raft of nonsensical and meandering answers in evening news interviews with Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson, the spoofs by Saturday Night Live and the mockery of late-night comics.
From her first words, a confident Palin sought to connect with voters whose confidence in her qualifications has waned. She sprinkled down-home phrases throughout her answers — “bless their hearts” and “darn right.” Americans weren’t just people they were “Joe Six-Pack” and “Hockey Moms.” And who needs polls, she suggested, when there are youth soccer games with parents on the sidelines.
“I’ll betcha you’re going to hear some fear in that parent’s voice,” Palin said.
She defended Republican presidential nominee John McCain from Biden’s litany of criticisms, and took Biden to task over both his record and that of Democratic nominee Barack Obama
Daily Kos - "Sarah Palin won!"
Joe Biden's 14 Lies
NYTimes - "The Palin Rebound"
Ann Althouse - "So Palin has survived... more than survived. She won..."
Frank Luntz Focus Group (independents who favored John Kerry in '04) - "Palin won"
Curt at Flopping Aces has much more blogger reaction