From Mike Allen's Politico Playbook Daily Update:
--Politico's Roger Simon: 'You betcha Sarah Palin can debate': 'Sarah Palin was supposed to fall off the stage at her vice presidential debate Thursday evening. Instead, she ended up dominating it. She not only kept Joe Biden on the defensive for much of the debate, she not only repeatedly attacked Barack Obama, but she looked like she was enjoying herself while doing it. She smiled. She faced the camera. She was warm. She was human. ... She went out of her way to talk in everyday terms, saying things like 'I betcha' and 'We have a heckuva opportunity to learn' and 'Darn right we need tax relief.' Biden was somber, serious and knowledgeable. And he seemed to think that debates were about facts. He had a ton of them.'
--Politico's John F. Harris and Mike Allen: 'Palin meets expectations but still falls short': '[R]ecent days have given John McCain's team little reason to suppose that not-that-bad is good enough. ... [I]is hard to count any objective measures by which Biden did not clearly win the encounter. She looked like she was trying to get people to take her seriously. He looked like he was running for vice president. His answers were more responsive to the questions, far more detailed and less rhetorical. On at least ten occasions, Palin gave answers that were nonspecific, completely generic, pivoted away from the question at hand, or simply ignored it: on global warming, an Iraq exit strategy, Iran and Pakistan, Iranian diplomacy, Israel-Palestine (and a follow-up), the nuclear trigger, interventionism, Cheney's vice presidency and her own greatest weakness.'
The US will have a heckuva VP (and possibly prez) if McCain is elected - you betcha! (In other words, I picked the second option)