When nervous, Palin has a tendency to over-enunciate her words like a graduate of the George W. Bush School of Oratory, but Thursday night she spoke like a normal person...While I don't think there was a clear victor in the debate last night, I do think it was a personal victory for Palin. She relieved those who want to like her but have grown concerned about her, silenced some of her critics, and came across as a candidate who needs to be taken seriously.
By the end of the debate, most Republicans were not crouching behind the couch, but standing on it. The race has not been transformed, but few could have expected as vibrant and tactically clever a performance as the one Sarah Palin turned in Thursday night.
As I've written before, I still expect an Obama win next month, but now the Republicans will blame their loss on the economy and on McCain rather than on Palin.