The vice-presidential candidate debate was really interesting — not that anything suprising was said, but for what it revealed. A potential weakness in such a debate is the policy differences within a party’s own ticket. There’s a real difference between Palin and McCain on capping emmissions, civil unions, and ideology, and Palin generally skirted the question. Most of the night she dodged questions, whereas Biden flat out denied that there was any real policy differences between Obama and Biden.
With her lack of expertise and experience, Palin continuously fell back on old Reagan-style ideology. Biden was able to get into real details as well as pitch his message to middle-class America. The larger story going on here is how the two parties’ ideologies connect, or fail to connect, with middle America.