She did it…the handlers took the pinch collar off.  She did fine.  Eat it Lefties.   She is smart, knowledgeable, composed etc.  Sarah Palin just field dressed Joe Biden like a moose. She was awesome. She connected with the people. She had fun. She was relaxed. She was awesome.  Sarah was Sarah!  Sarah rocks. Biden’s tired.

By far, the best line that said how it was going to go down:

Palin: “I may not answer the questions the way that the moderator or the Senator may want me to but I will speak to America.”

Palin: “Bingo!

Almost 3/4 of the folks in Drudge’s poll think Palin won.

Greta Van Susteren is singing Palin’s praises.

Frank Luntz’s focus group went overwhelmingly for Palin following the debate.

Debate reaction and analysis: “The most compelling 90 minutes of TV on a Thursday night in quite some time,” writes Paul Gough.”So how surprising was it, really, that neither candidate devolved into a Jerry Springer screaming fit or fell into a state of catatonia?” asked LA Times. Debate quotes from the AP. “Palin changed her image overnight,” says Weekly Standard. “Palin scored points but didn’t win,” says Newsweek and Salon. “Attitude and image vs. facts and focus,” says Baltimore Sun. “Rivals shine, Palin a bit more brightly,” says Boston Globe. HuffPo’s collection of reactions and live blog. CBS poll results. CNN poll and analysis. CNN’s video highlights.

And will someone please put a muzzle on Clair McCaskill? The diarrhea just keeps on coming.  Eat it.  VP issue on whether she is apt or not, is now a NON ISSUE.

She matched — and trumped several times — a man who has spent his entire adult life on the political stage, run for president twice, and as he mentioned several times, chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sarah Palin looked presidential.

Joe Biden looked tired.


Prediction: Watch for a whole new, severe strain of Palin Derangement Syndrome to begin tonight.

“Tonight, Governor Palin proved beyond any doubt that she is ready to lead as Vice President of the United States. She won this debate, putting Joe Biden on defense on energy, foreign policy, taxes and the definition of change. Governor Palin laid bare Barack Obama’s record of voting to raise taxes, opposing the surge in Iraq, and proposing to meet unconditionally with the leaders of state sponsors of terror.

Peggy Noonan gives Sarah the thumbs up, Oh MY!

Sarah is everything that the Left hates.

1. Life 2. Family (big, gigantic ones) 3. Hunting 4. Patriotism 5. Gun ownership 6. Beating back fat, bloated bureaucracy 7. Holding government accountable 8. Fighting liberal corruption

Yes, if Sara takes this away from you, you will wither away and die.

Laura Ingraham said, according to ABC News’ Teddy Davis

When she was introduced as McCain’s running mate last week, Palin portrayed herself as a political maverick in McCain’s mold: “I’ve stood up to the old politics as usual, to the special interests, to the lobbyists, the big oil companies and the good old boy network,” she said.

Yeah her record states change.

But Alaska’s first female governor has at times benefited from Alaska’s entrenched political system. For one thing, Palin accepted at least $4,500 in campaign contributions in the same fundraising scheme at the center of a public corruption scandal that led to the indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens. The contributions, made during Palin’s failed 2002 bid to become Alaska’s lieutenant governor, were not illegal for her to accept. But they show how Palin, who has bucked Stevens and his allies, is nonetheless beholden to Alaska’s old guard. The $4,500 came from executives at VECO Corp., a powerful Alaska oil field services company. Company founder Bill Allen has admitted the company steered its donations through a “special bonus program” in which executives received money and the company instructed them to donate it to favored politicians. Allen pleaded guilty to bribery and corruption charges. He admitted the program violated federal tax laws and said it was used to keep his political allies flush with cash. Schmidt dismissed the idea that a few campaign contributions years ago diminished Palin’s record as a reformer. “Gov. Palin’s record fighting corruption and taking on these issues in Alaska speaks for itself,” he said Tuesday. Indeed, Palin has had her share of run-ins with Stevens, including a dustup earlier this year in which Stevens accused Palin of not being enthusiastic enough about his efforts to bring federal earmark money to Alaska. She has also called on Stevens’ son, Ben, to resign as national committeeman for the state party. She was among the first Alaska Republicans to urge Stevens to answer questions about the FBI investigation.

Now for all the boo boos or flat out lies that Joe stated in the debate (10)

but over at Right Voices, they have (14) listed:

1. TAX VOTE: Biden said McCain voted “the exact same way” as Obama to increase taxes on Americans earning just $42,000, but McCain DID NOT VOTE THAT WAY.

2. AHMEDINIJAD MEETING: Joe Biden lied when he said that Barack Obama never said that he would sit down unconditionally with Mahmoud Ahmedinijad of Iran. Barack Obama did say specifically, and Joe Biden attacked him for it.

3. OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING: Biden said, “Drill we must.” But Biden has opposed offshore drilling and even compared offshore drilling to “raping” the Outer Continental Shelf.”

4. TROOP FUNDING: Joe Biden lied when he indicated that John McCain and Barack Obama voted the same way against funding the troops in the field. John McCain opposed a bill that included a timeline, that the President of the United States had already said he would veto regardless of it’s passage.

5. OPPOSING CLEAN COAL: Biden says he’s always been for clean coal, but he just told a voter that he is against clean coal and any new coal plants in America and has a record of voting against clean coal and coal in the U.S. Senate.

6. ALERNATIVE ENERGY VOTES: According to, Biden is exaggerating and overstating John McCain’s record voting for alternative energy when he says he voted against it 23 times.

7. HEALTH INSURANCE: Biden falsely said McCain will raise taxes on people’s health insurance coverage — they get a tax credit to offset any tax hike. Independent fact checkers have confirmed this attack is false

8. OIL TAXES: Biden falsely said Palin supported a windfall profits tax in Alaska — she reformed the state tax and revenue system, it’s not a windfall profits tax.

9. AFGHANISTAN / GEN. MCKIERNAN COMMENTS: Biden said that top military commander in Iraq said the principles of the surge could not be applied to Afghanistan, but the commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Gen. David D. McKiernan said that there were principles of the surge strategy, including working with tribes, that could be applied in Afghanistan.

10. REGULATION: Biden falsely said McCain weakened regulation — he actually called for more regulation on Fannie and Freddie.

Biggest booboo of the evening went to Joe Biden (NOTE uh, Joe Lieberman is Israel’s BF) from Ed Morrissey:

…all of this points out the folly of presidential-level meetings with the leadership of Iran, without the precondition of them ending their support for the terrorist group Hezbollah.  Iran funds Hezbollah and their terrorist activities, which Biden rightly decries.  But if Biden doesn’t want Hezbollah to be a “legitimate part” of the Lebanese government for that reason, why would he legitimize their sponsors with presidential-level meetings without first insisting on the end of that support?

It’s a completely incoherent policy as well as a terrible misreading of history and the present status of the region. And if Biden can’t get this right, what does that say about his running mate, who chose Biden to fill the gaps in his own foreign-policy portfolio?


The Anchoress:

I thought both debaters helped their candidates a bit tonight, and I will always like Joe Biden, but I will call Palin the winner, first because she had to prove she is not the caricature being developed by the media, and she did that, but also because of the stunning consensus of the Frank Luntz audience in St. Louis, who declared her the hands-down winner and expressed a real connection.

Markos Moulitos from the Daily KOS:

Sarah Palin won!