Sarah Palin exceeded expectations tonight — and not by a little bit, but by a mile. At times her presentation was hurried and garbled, but she showed herself to be quick on her feet, charming, and able to speak commandingly on a range of issues. A lot of people thought her performance would be a barely-contained disaster. At this moment such worries seem like a distant memory.
The question now is whether the media will allow Palin’s performance to reach those who did not see the debate themselves, and whether the media will try to convince people who did see the debate that they shouldn’t believe their eyes and ears. I suspect there will be a serious undertaking in this regard, and McCain/Palin’s challenge in the coming days will be to defeat what has become the most outrageous and debilitating obstacle to the Republican ticket in this campaign: the MSM in-the-tank factor.