I’ve watched almost all of the debate, but it’s bedtime now, and I’ll have to save the rest for later. Three comments:
1. The first, the most obvious, and the most pressing question: How many botoxes did they kill to create that abnormally smooth, completely motionless forehead Biden was sporting? That was creepy.
2. Was I the only who noticed that Biden speaks in the language of class warfare, while Palin talks of American exceptionalism?
3. Regarding the debacle on Wall Street, I wish someone would explain clearly the difference between deregulation, and the issue of oversight, which would have prevented this from happening.
The problem on Wall Street wasn’t deregulation. Instead, it was a problem of too much regulation — that is, the government started telling banks how to loan money. The instructions required loans that went against banks’ financial interests, so banks started doing funny-money stuff to protect themselves — and they did so with Fannie’s and Freddie’s active participation. That was the Democratic side.
None of this would have happened if there had been oversight. Oversight doesn’t mean telling Wall Street what to do, it means policing Wall Street to make sure that, when it makes business decisions, it does so honestly.
Obama/Biden want to increase how much government dictates to Wall Street, and we’ve seen what a disaster that is. McCain/Palin want to get government out of bossing Wall Street around, and get government to do its more natural and appropriate role of policing Wall Street.
Those two concepts are hugely different from each other but, because nobody’s articulating this difference, including McCain and Palin, Obama and Biden are getting away with conflating the terms, muddying the waters, and besmirching McCain’s reputation and foresight.
Overall, Biden smirked but didn’t gaffe; Palin was a little nervous, but hit the high points.
UPDATE: I see I was not the only one to notice Biden’s forehead shield.
UPDATE II: I’m sure you’ve already read what the top bloggers have to say. Here are links to what some of my friends (some of whom are coincidentally pretty top bloggers themselves) have to say:
The Anchoress (who has wonderful links)
If you think someone wrote a particularly good debate post, please feel free to link in the comments.