I refuse to get too wrapped up in the question of who "won" the debate. In general, unless one candidate obviously self-destructs, this question is answered subjectively and personally. That's not to say I didn't think Biden did better. I did.
I don't want someone who believes their biggest asset is that they know what it's like to shop at WalMart and take their kids to hockey practice in a mini-van. How will that help in negotiations and diplomatic missions with other heads of state?
Having discovered that to today's worried Americans the mantra of "experience" loses to the appeal of "change," McCain is trying to use his obsolete maverick laurels to recast himself as the "change" candidate.
Questions like "Are you an elitist?" "Is your health plan socialized medicine?" "Would you rather lose a war than an election?" Those questions deserve a lizard answer -- like "No," "No," and "Hell No."
Palin's obsessive phoniness in the face of the facts opens the door to not just call her a liar but to actually give her a defining nickname to describe what appears to be a fundamental character flaw.