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3 October 2008 13:01

Well, Sarah Palin definitely lost that deer in the headlights look she carried through the Kouric interview, and at times she was gosh darned eloquent (sorry, but that Alaskan folksiness is catchy). However,there was no disguising her shaky grasp of a number of issues, as she returned repeatedly to talking points like they were lifelines. Biden seemed a little surprised by Palin's early form (who wasn't?), and it took him a while to warm up. He got better as it went on, but there were some pretty weird flubs: did he really say this was the most important election since 1932?*

The polls look promising for Obama, and the conventional wisdom is that vice-presidential debates don't shift the vote very much. Obama would have to be strong favourite to be the next president, but there are still over four weeks to go, and McCain has pulled back an Obama poll lead before, when he picked Palin. This has been such an extraordinary campaign, you'd have to be a mug to think there are no more surprises left.

* UPDATE: A colleague reminds me Biden also referred to Bosnians as 'Bosniacs'!

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