Palin is more than holding her own, but is this really a surprise? The set up here is an opportunity for both to give multiple mini-speeches with little rebuttal. Joe is doing okay but he's in a box--can't be too strong but can't look weak either. She had this "won" before it started.
What I am watching is the running tally at the bottom of CNN's Ohio uncommitted voters and the pattern is interesting. Joe's tally line appears to stay middle to positive, with very few dips below the middle line. Palin's, on the other hand, fluctuates more wildly with both higher marks but also lower dips. It seems to dip low when she tries to be folksy. What does all this mean?
Hopefully, what it means is that 38 days from now, none of this will matter. If Palin is deemed "the winner" of this debate, then she should be happy to grant press conferences or more interviews. I don't think that will happen, but if they "quit while they think they're ahead", it will actually benefit the Obama-Biden ticket. This will probably convince the people who never thought she was stupid that they now have their belief confirmed. Oh well...we weren't going to get them anyway.
Live blogging now switches to the contest that really matters tonight--THE CUBS GAME!!!