Now Joe Biden was doing fairly well, and as an experienced politician, that is what I would have expected.
Until around the very end, when he started talking about the role of the vice president.
Basically, what he said is this:
The vice president's role is to support the president. There should be a line for the vice president and he should adhere to that line.
In contrast to what Palin was saying:
Give me even more POWER!
In other words, Biden is going to do nothing with his vice presidency while Palin would probably kick McCain's head in if she disagreed with him.
I am very surprised how strong Palin was in the debate. She proved the media wrong, she showed she wasn't just a proxy of McCain's words (while Biden proved he was Obama's), and she showed that her inexperience with Washington politics is actually a good thing.
She started off a little shaky, especially one question where it sounded like she was avoiding it, which is what the media accused her of, but after that she really exceeded my expectations and kicked some ass.