Flash polls post-event are calling it decisively for Mr. Biden, who, at one point in the debate, offered the most perfect debate answer ever:
I have to mention the Kos, which is positively on fire this evening. Go see their coverage. It’s quite extensive.
Here are some instant poll results that are interesting.
CBS NEWS/KNOWLEDGE NETWORKS POLL
(Uncommitted Voters who watched the debate)
46% of uncommitted voters who watched the debate tonight thought Joe Biden was the winner. 21% thought Sarah Palin won, 33% thought it was a draw… 98% after the debate saw [Biden] as knowledgeable (79% before the debate).
The fact is that if a nerd were nerd enough to chart specific policy points uttered by each candidate, the chart would look like Howard Stern standing next to Vern Troyer. Biden towered over her in specifics, while Palin clung to her “glittering generalities.” This should be no surprise. You cannot learn gravitas in a week.
This I think was Palin’s biggest problem. She’s just suffered one of the worst media weeks imaginable, stammering her way through the Couric interviews, and then she shows up and performs adequately? In that context, it’s clear that Palin endured a week of 15-hour days learning her talking points.
I also enjoyed this answer quite a lot (transcription cribbed from Kos), especially since I am working my way through Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency:
Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history. The idea he doesn’t realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that’s the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that.
And the primary role of the vice president of the United States of America is to support the president of the United States of America, give that president his or her best judgment when sought, and as vice president, to preside over the Senate, only in a time when in fact there’s a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit.
The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress. The idea he’s part of the Legislative Branch is a bizarre notion invented by Cheney to aggrandize the power of a unitary executive and look where it has gotten us. It has been very dangerous.
This is one thing I am loving about Obama/Biden and the political climate in which they operate. They are allowed now to say things that are true and need to be said. And that’s one of them, stated boldly and right out loud by the senator from Delaware: The Cheney Vice Presidency has been dangerous to America.
Incidentally, is anyone else surprised that Prudence Palin made it through the entire thing without once saying “You’re darn tootin’!”? I certainly was. And, I swear, I wish that when she had the gaul to correct Biden on their stupid little chant, “no, Joe, it’s ‘drill baby drill,'” I wish he’d stepped in and said “All right, Sarah, but you should also know this: It’s ‘NOO-KLEE-ER.'” That would have killed.
I was wise not to underestimate her, methinks, but I was wrong in not properly estimating Mr. Biden. His performance tonight accurately portrayed the contrast between these two candidates. Nice.