The New York Times, in their characteristically biased way said this about last night's debate: "She (Palin) succeeded by not failing in any obvious way". The truth is that her performance was a resounding success. I am not a great admirer of the woman but I have to give her credit. She debated a veteran, establishment US senator (I believe 36 years in the US Senate!) and came out ahead. Biden stood by with a ridiculous Cheshire cat grin while Palin gave intelligent, poised answers to the questions. By the way, the interviewer has written a book on Obama that will come out on inauguration day. That would seem to be a conflict of interest. This election is going to be close.