Ms. Palin's well-rehearsed statements about Iran and its fiery president betrayed a real and fundamental lack of knowledge, and the larger issue of what the future of U.S.-Iranian relations might, or should, look like.
Palin appeared to lack any semblance of the requisite depth, knowledge, or sense of history we should expect in a president or vice president. As a Republican former White House chief of staff said to me, "Palin is evidence of desperation; she is an embarrassment."
Will the press note that, in addition to spending the entirety of the debate regurgitating the seven or eight note cards worth of information in front of her, Sarah Palin actually plagiarized her final remarks?
Thursday's debate was a serious and substantive affair. With superb moderating by Gwen Ifill, the conversation stuck to policy-driven sparring, but the footage is already taking a different shape on YouTube.