Here's my message to the Mainstream Media -- Get some ovaries! Tell it like it is, so the American public won't be misled into thinking that Palin demonstrated that she is qualified for national office.
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."
Biden's stories had a quality of being "lived," compared to Palin's stories, which often appeared to be made up. And, in one small but unforgettable moment of tearfulness, Biden revealed himself to be profoundly and genuinely human.
Likely most of the media will call the vice-presidential debate for Joe Biden. But Sarah Palin is that voice small town America has been yearning for, and her voice's reach, beyond the current election, has yet to be measured.
I have to at least try to defend the point she was (so badly) trying to make. Alaska was on the front lines of the Cold War. It's a valid point, especially with a newly-resurgent and newly-belligerent Russia.
This election won't be won or lost at the debates. Nor will it be determined by the two campaigns' "ground games." My fear is that the results will hang on the swing state voting systems' vulnerability to sabotage.