I thought it was a clear win for Biden, and so far the polls would agree.
I must admit, we watched the debate (24 hours later on Tivo) with the same anticipation some folks watch those "When Animals Attack" video's, wondering if I'd have to turn my head when the bloody part came. But Palin pretty much held her own. But I thought the raw construction of her answers was the same evasiveness she showed in those tragic Couric interviews. I thought if either Biden or the moderator had the opportunity to really keep her on topic, and drill down for the gritty details, it would have become as incoherent and fragmented as her answers on the Couric interview.
She did get a good shot at Biden, when she said something like, "Oh Joe, I gotta wonder how much you guys are really thinking about the future when all you seem to do is point to the past." This after Biden continued to connect McCain to Bush. But it was a good jab that came off well on the TV.
On a side note, we got our early ballots today. My room mate took off with them, threatening to fill mine in with the Obama vote. I guess he never forgave my Bush vote 4 years ago, against his Gore vote.
Well really, I didn't know how it would turn out.
Those were such different days. My top concern four years ago was 9/11. All I could think of was that I didn't want another 9/11, and I didn't care if we had to hang the American flag -- from every capital building in the world. I joked about renaming Middle East countries as "New Texas" or "The Republic of Exxon." I really meant that back then.
Not so much now.
I still dread another 9/11, but don't automatically take the Hawkish view.
I worry more about the cost of my health care than the cost of a gallon of gas.
I have more to say about the definition of marriage and adoption rights, even though I plan neither.
I don't think it takes a Republican in office to keep my 401k afloat.
I worry about what I'll do when/if my doctor retires, moves or decides on a less demanding life.
I think about work from the perspective of 80 employees, not so much as one nurse and five patients.
I make cynical sneers at those "Be a Nurse" commercials on TV, even though I can't think of anything else I would rather be.
I fear more of us will die in horrible needless pain.
When I face angry patients, I first look at their hands (looking for weapons).
I used to look at their eyes.
So... a lot can change in four years.