They weren't perfect at answering questions -- both of them dodged a few here and there. Palin sure seemed nervous though. She was briefly shaking on camera and kept saying "Thank you" to Biden at the end of the debate. She sounded like she was very coached and trying her best to stick to the script. Biden was loose, relaxed, and in charge.
Best points of the debate:
* Biden pointed out that deregulation caused the current problem on Wall Street. Palin had no response.
* Palin played the "military mom", "special needs mom", and "hockey mom" cards. Biden trumped it with the "solo dad" card.
* I heard Biden cite a number of facts and laws. I don't think I heard Palin cite anything.
* While arguing over the surge, Palin claimed that the strategy behind the surge isn't just a large mobilization of troops. I'd love to know what the surge is in her words.
Easy win for Biden.