Yes, the Republican's Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah "Margie Gunderson" Palin, exceeded expectations last night, a pretty easy trick when the proverbial bar is so low as to be buried underground. But that doesn't mean people shouldn't still be scared shitless by the prospect of this immensely unqualified, intellectually shallow woman's ascent to the second highest office in the land -- and while Palin didn't embarrass herself, Joe Biden still creamed her in last night's debate. Of all four candidates, in fact, Biden's performance was far and away the best. By the way, I'm pretty sure Palin's chilly reaction to Biden's choking up was somewhat innocent, in that she likely spaced on the fact that Biden lost a child in a tragic car accident many years ago. When you're too busy trying to pull off the political equivalent of pulling an all-night cram session for the most important mid-term in your life, these sorts of details tend to slip the mind.
That said, I actually felt as though McCain narrowly won last week's Presidential debate, if only because, in sharp contrast to Palin, Obama fell short of clearing his ridiculously high bar for success. In winning the debate, however, McCain also made it very clear that World War III will commence within the first two years of his Presidency. That's really what it comes down to, folks: Are you psyched to fight World War III and see the enthusiastic reinstitution of conscription? If the answer is yes, by all means, vote McCain-Palin.