The debate was remarkable — for the stunning upset of expectations and for the excellence of Palin’s performance. But that raises lots of questions. What had they done to her these last few weeks? And how much time and how many votes were lost by what appears now to be a glaring instance of political malpractice? That doesn’t necessarily speak well of the McCain camp, of course. But it does vindicate his original decision to select her and it does breath life into the campaign. It certainly will encourage grouchy conservatives.