I just reread my Friday post about Sarah Palin and realized that some clarification is in order. I did not mean to suggest that Sarah Palin is an impressive debater or that she “beat” Joe Biden. If you look closely at her “answers”, she spoke largely in talking points and and in many instances, she simply did not answer the question that was posed by Gwen Ifill. There was not a lot of depth to her answers. But because of the debate format (i.e. there was limited opportunity for follow up) this worked reasonably well for her.
What impressed me about Palin was her ability to show poise and speak in full sentences after being lampooned for her Katie Couric fiasco. It must have taken a lot of inner strength to get back out on a national stage after such a disastrous interview.