SARAH Palin, the pitbull in lipstick, the hockey mum from Main Street, did brilliantly well in her debate with Joe Biden yesterday. It was a good illustration of one of the iron laws of politics.
Whenever you hear commentators declare that a senior politician is as thick as a brick or an idiot, it is much likelier that the commentator is the idiot and the politician has simply offended some orthodoxy of the zeitgeist.
But first the debate in its own terms. Palin brought to John McCain’s campaign a burst of energy, enthusiasm from the Republican base, a pizazz of new celebrity, a reinforcement of his message of reform of government. Biden brought to Barack Obama’s ticket a reassuring sense of experience, a “grey beard”, a wise man of Washington, the gravitas to balance Obama’s lack of experience in foreign policy.