It is sad when the main comments about the debate are that Sarah Palin didn't do as bad as everyone expected. It is also delusional to think that she proved she would be ready to act as President if the need arose. In my opinion she resorted to jingoism, oil mania, and repetition to get her through the ninety minutes. She was more poised and heavily coached and that helped her fight her own image. I just felt there was an insubstantial air about her.
She really didn't alter the electoral map at all nor the sliding misfortunes of her ticket. McCain has decided to pull out of Michigan and use his resources elsewhere. His own Republican pundits were aghast at that one.
How does all of this affect us in New Mexico? Not much, unless you are concerned about your mortgage and your job. Not much unless you want to end the long and senseless war in Iraq. Palin's position on the Iraq war was the most egregious as far as I was concerned. Thousands of dead American men and women and tens of thousands dead Iraqis and she worries about a 'white flag of surrender!' This is bush and cheney all over again.