Where would be without the New York Post and headlines such as those? Charles Hurt deals the pain, as he lays out the beating Palin gave Biden in last night's debate:
Joe Biden tiptoed out on stage last night wondering whether he'd face a lady pitifully out of her depth or the lipstick end of a pit bull.
He found out real fast.
Biden's striped-pants Washington wonk talk ran into a regular American who looked like a lady, talked like a hockey mom and smacked him around like a cat playing with a mouse.
"Oh, man, it's so obvious that I'm a Washington outsider and someone just not used to the way you guys operate," Sarah Palin said in her arctic accent and a tone of utter disbelief.
Hers might have been the most unusual debate performance since Ross Perot's running-mate James Stockdale showed up at the 1992 VP contest. From the moment she opened by saying the best measure of the economy is what parents are saying on the sidelines of soccer games, it was clear how utterly different she is in American politics - a candidate of, by and from the middle class.
OK, now some have accused me of swooning a bit over my Sarahcuda, but even seasoned political vet/Clinton hack Dick Morris is now Palinated:
Last night was a big, big win for Sarah Palin.
She showed originality, charisma and sass - a style that is refreshing and different in our politics. She didn't just win the vice-presidential debate, she showed that she belongs with Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton as among the best communicators of our modern political times.
Jennifer Rubin sticks it to Biden:
...he alternately smirked and grimaced. In general, he seemed peeved and annoyed. As his voice rose and the minutiae spewed forth he seemed to forget that he was in a debate in front of real people rather than Senate colleagues.
My "Biden moment" came when he said "Nobody in the Senate has been a better friend to Israel than Joe Biden". Way to connect, what with referring to yourself in third person and all....
More (long-overdue) Biden-bashing:
Gov. Palin flabbergasted Joe when she corrected his mistakes on Afghanistan policy, when he claimed that the commander of the forces on the ground there said the Iraqi surge strategy wouldn't work. It turns out she knew more about what the general said than Joe did, and he was reduced to repeating irrelevant numbers.
Joe said he agreed with every major policy Obama supported. I wonder if that includes infanticide...
Michelle Malkin has praise for Palin, and a warning for the rest of us:
Prediction: Watch for a whole new, severe strain of Palin Derangement Syndrome to begin tonight.
They hated her before tonight. They are going to pour on more unfathomable hate at a level we have never seen before.
Sarah, we’re praying for you.
And I've got your back.
And so do many others, judging by the post-debate Palin party in St. Louis...pix are here...