Drunkblogging the VP Debate

8:32PM Here's my mini-wrap. If you were looking for a veep who wants, needs, to be President, then Joe Biden is your man. But Sarah Palin was the one who really manned up tonight, for unfailingly selling America on her candidate rather than on herself.

8:31PM And Biden goes into partisan BS, instead of patriotic schmaltz. I'll take the schmaltz, thankyouverymuch, every time. Every time.

8:30PM "Proud to be an American." "We have to fight for it and protect it and hand it down." Rehearsed? Of course. But powerful stuff nonetheless.

8:29PM Palin: "It's gonna be OK." I liked that.

8:28PM Biden has "never questioned the motive" of another member of Congress. Will someone please do a Ken Layne and fact-check his ass on that one?

8:27PM Palin, however, said she wished she's vetoed more spending. And that strikes me as self-effacing and maybe even honest.

8:26PM Whopper of the night: Biden is saying that until fairly recently, he was nonpartisan when providing advice and consent on judges. If you'll pardon my language: That is such bullshit that it spoiled the sip of vodka in my mouth. And this time I'm not kidding. Biden is a vile lying f-word.

8:23PM Here we go again: Palin is selling McCain; Biden is selling Biden. What we really need is a debate between Obama and his own Veep selection. Now THAT would give us some real fireworks.

8:21PM Biden is good selling his biography. As a special added bonus, I'm almost certain that tonight the biography he's selling is his own.

8:20PM Palin is still working for the team. Biden is still selling Biden.

8:19PM When Palin talks Mom stuff around the kitchen table, she pretty much rocks. However, that does nothing to detract from the fact that Joe Biden is still completely and embarrassingly bald in back.

8:18PM Biden is ready for Halloween, scaring the kids with tales of the Cheney Beast.

8:17PM Hair down, hair up, Palin still has that Naughty Librarian thing going on. To be more specific, it looks like she's wearing a nice little Ann Taylor number you'd really like to see rumpled on the floor. And hair up or hair down, Biden's bald spot still shows clear as day on the rear camera view.

8:15PM Biden tried for a "left behind" triple pun -- and couldn't deliver on even one of them.

8:13PM Line of the night: "Lame attempt." Go Sarah!

8:12PM Did Palin just double-slam Biden with a Reaganesque "there you go again" AND a Suthun "god bless ya" in one short reply? Well done, Mrs P, well done.

8:11PM When Biden says "my neighborhood," I can't imagine he means anyplace outside of the confines of the District of Columbia.

8:10PM "I agree in essence with every major proposal he's suggested ..." That's Biden on Obama. Palin on McCain? "He's never asked me to check my opinions at the door."

8:09PM Biden says if Obama died it would be "a national catastrophe of historic proportions." We've never had a president die in office before?

8:08PM Here comes the "heartbeat away" question ...

8:07PM Biden has GOT to stop licking his lips on the split screen while looking at Palin. Working women everywhere must be instinctively recoiling from the TV screen.

8:06PM Right now my wife is making carbonara while I go hungry. Who said this is an easy job?

8:05PM Finally, Palin is smiling, and showing some of that friendly steel she showed us in St Paul three weeks ago. It's about time.

8:04PM Seriously, right now Democrats should be slapping themselves for not having a Biden/Obama ticket instead of Obama/Biden. And Republicans should be happy, if not satisfied, with things just as they are.

8:03PM The theme tonight is: Biden is selling Biden, well; Palin is selling McCain, only not-quite-as-well.

8:02PM Biden just promised to bring spending in Afghanistan up to Iraq levels. Is that a feature or a bug?

8:01PM Palin is more comfortable on foreign policy than on domestic stuff, other than energy. And this was supposed to be her weak point?

7:59PM Here's my take: If you're looking for an outsider, Palin's your man. If you want more of the same, then you like Biden. So, yes, Biden might just win tonight. But my question earlier has been answered -- yes, Biden can win and Obama can lose.

7:58PM OK, I'll ask our readers -- how is this playing at home? Don't be partisan, just answer in the comments section as honestly as you know how.

7:56PM My editor extraordinaire Aaron Hanscom tells me I didn't imagine that. Is there a Republican on the production staff?

7:55PM Somebody left Biden's mic on while he took a huge, seething inhale. I'm pretty sure I'm not imaging that, and I'll try to remember to rewind the TiVo after this is all over.

7:54PM You know what? I've been doing what I said I'd never do during a liveblog -- blogging the pre-spin instead of the actual debate. I'm taking a big swing of my cocktail and promising to do better.

7:52PM Again, Palin is defending Israel... and again I wonder how much good it will do. Maybe I need to change brands of vodka.

7:51PM Biden is ... trying to sell us on following France's lead in dealing with Iran. And he's being so condescending that I can't believe he'll get away with it. And yet I'm certain he will.

7:50PM Am I the only one wondering where the pit bull went? I'm seeing the hockey mom, which is great -- but so many fat, juicy targets are just being let go.

7:49PM Nice Kissinger namedrop by Palin. But does that mean she just lost the Hitchens vote?

7:48PM Palin is going for the Jewish vote right now. But I'm afraid that -- Roger L Simon's pleas notwithstanding -- Obama has that vote locked up.

7:48PM BTW, to save time I poured myself a double vodka rocks instead of shaking a martini. The things we give up for our jobs ...

7:47PM For libertarian hawks, this debate is an exercise in frustration.

7:46PM To Biden: Which is more dangerous, nuclear Iran or Pakistan? Which plays right into Obama's promise to invade the everliving crap out of Pakistan. Which, again, no one will call him on.

7:45PM Also, Biden repeated the "100 years" smear against McCain a couple minutes ago, and Palin didn't call him on it. Neither did Ifill. Surprise!

7:44PM "John McCain voted cutting off funding for the troops." He's speaking about one smallish bill -- and I'd like somebody to factcheck this one for me, please.