October 3rd, 2008
12:04 AM ET

A win/win debate

David Gergen
AC360 Contributor
CNN Senior Political Analyst

Republican conservatives should be happy tonight: the Sarah Palin who showed up for the debate was the same spirited, authentic woman when she was announced, not the one who sat down with Katie Couric.

While she made a few small mistakes and often avoided direct answers, she deserves credit for performing as well as she did in a moment of huge pressure.

Her problem was that the Joe Biden who showed up delivered the best debate performance of his life. He was extremely well informed, especially on foreign policy, and he argued his case with force and occasional eloquence. Like Palin, he didn't make any big mistakes either — and importantly, he was never condescending toward her.

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. JAN D Chicago

    'Bias' is a noun, 'biased' is an adjective- don't suppose anybody cares. 'Pundit' is a wise man who offers advice- not quite sure what a
    ' pundint' is but Sarah doesn't care what they think, whoever they are!
    It wasn't a debate, it was a reprise of campaign talking points, read from cards, in a rather obvious way. It didn't seem to matter what the question was, the answer was ready to go.Couldn't they hire a speech therapist to help her with her 'gs' and to pronounce the word ' nuclear'? It's really not that hard. How about we make a rule that says, if you can't pronounce the word, you can't have the keys?

    October 3, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  2. Sara

    Mash, if Rollins is in the tank for Palin, then Rosen is in the tank for Biden. Both Rollins and Rosen gave lots of points to their candidates. They're pundits, what do you expect? Should they only keep people who support Obama?

    October 3, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  3. Jacqueline P. Williams

    Ms. Palin is being exploited. I would be mad as hell if she were my relative, just based on the fact that she is out of her league.
    No doubt about it, Sarah is smart, attractive, and I am sure that she is a great politician in her neck of the woods.
    Let's get real.
    We have too many well-educated women in the United States to settle for Sarah Palin as our next VP; women in corporate America, with advanced degrees, whom have knowledge of the world situation, and of economics.

    Let's not settle for the "feel good" .

    October 3, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
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