Debatten om debatten har just börjat, somliga anser att det blev oavgjort, andra ställer sig på någondera parts sida. Så här går några röster i den amerikanska morgonpressen:
Robert M. Shrum för Huffington Post skriver:
By any rational assessment, Palin wasn't tonight -- and hasn't been any time she's not reading a teleprompter. President Palin-- the nuclear button, recession, the health care crisis, global warming (which she doesn't believe in, as she believes in creationism) -- well, it simply doesn't compute. A part in Fargo, yes -- that office in the West Wing, no... The press probably will give Palin credit for not falling down on stage. She couldn't deal with many of the questions directly or most of the facts, so she bloviated according to plan. She winked at us; the voters won't wink back at her. Pat Buchanan thinks she won. I think people still have a bullshit factor-- and that means she survived even as she met the low expectations she's created. McCain gained nothing; he was the loser -- in the first presidential debate, and the vice-presidential one.
Peggy Noonan skriver däremot så här för Wall Street Journal:
She killed. She had him at "Nice to meet you. Hey, can I call you Joe?" She was the star. He was the second male lead, the good-natured best friend of the leading man. She was not petrified but peppy. The whole debate was about Sarah Palin. She is not a person of thought but of action. Interviews are about thinking, about reflecting, marshaling data and integrating it into an answer. Debates are more active, more propelled—they are thrust and parry. They are for campaigners. She is a campaigner. Her syntax did not hold, but her magnetism did. At one point she literally winked at the nation... Sarah Palin saved John McCain again Thursday night. She is the political equivalent of cardiac paddles: Clear! Zap! We've got a beat! She will re-electrify the base. More than that, an hour and a half of talking to America will take her to a new level of stardom. Watch her crowds this weekend. She's about to get jumpers, the old political name for people who are so excited to see you they start to jump.
Och Tom Bevan skriver för Real Clear Politics lite mer objektivt analyserande följande:
Entering tonight's debate, the overriding question was whether Sarah Palin was up to the task or not...The pitbull with lipstick clearly had her hands full. Biden was on his game right from the start tonight, calling the rescue plan "evidence of the fact that the economic policies of the last eight years have been the worst economic policies we've ever had."...But Palin hung in there for the entire ninety minutes, turning in a scrappy performance and hammering home a number of key arguments on taxes, spending, Iraq, and Obama's willingness to meet with dictators without preconditions...Unsurprisingly, in the spin room after the debate both camps claimed victory... however, and this much is true: ...Palin tonight could have caused the bottom to fall out. The McCain campaign can at least leave St. Louis tonight satisfied in knowing that didn't happen, and that they live to fight another day.
För dem som ännu inte sett debatten, så går den att se i sin helhet hos New York Times här.