Okay, so I watched the whole VP debate - every last minute - and actually found it pretty interesting in a "let's watch and see if the dumb kid will lick the frozen flag pole" sort of way.
I'm one of the 84% of polled CNN readers who thought Sarah Palin did better than expected. Unfortunately, I expected her to crap her pants and faint when asked about foreign policy. She didn't do that, so it was definitely better than expected.
It's been awhile since Republicans have turned on each other like this. Had I been a true conservative, watching Sarah Palin "debate" Joe Biden while kicking George W. Bush to the curb, supporting civil rights for gay couples, discussing the validity of climate change, and repeating the words "regulation" over and over, I would have immediately become familiar with the Libertarian candidates for President and Vice President. Sarah Palin did a pretty good imitation of a Democrat. For any true conservative, that's got to be kind of scary. I almost thought Palin was going to admit that evolution was possible.
Sarah Palin was basically incoherent most of the night. Her talking points slammed into each other like cars in a head-on collision. Adjectives modified verbs, nouns got strung together two, three, four at a time, the word "maverick" got repeated so often I thought James Garner was going to walk out on stage. Palin's actual words literally made no sense most of the time. Basically, the McCain/Palin catch phrases just got spit out from her like a lawn sprinkler going back and forth.
Among her most interesting strategies was the repeated use of examples from her time as mayor. This seem horribly ill-advised. Does anybody think that being mayor of some small town in Alaska qualifies you to be Vice President. Let's face it, any idiot can get elected mayor of a small town in America. This little mountain town near me, which I think has more people in it than all of Alaska, elected a former stripper as its mayor. Things didn't go well.
For his part, Joe Biden didn't insult Palin and countered her lies with his own lies, which is what every good political debater seems to do. Political persuasion aside, that anybody could think that Palin won that debate is hard to fathom. That any conservative could be happy with her performance is also hard to fathom. But then again, this is America. We elected George W. Bush not once, but twice.