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So, who won last night? And if we must have a winner, how come we donít have debate judges with big numbers to hold up at the end like in gymnastics? Just a thought. Without that, weíll go to the online voting.
Here at The Olympian, our Web poll shows Gov. Sarah Palin winning the debate, with 52 percent to Sen. Joe Bidenís 41 percent, with the more than 600 people voting allowed to say theyíre not sure. Those numbers may change, of course as voting continues until the public loses interest.
At our sister paper in Tacoma (and by sister, I mean shared corporate entity) voters have a different view. In a strict Biden-or-Palin match up, Biden comes away with 57 percent.
AFP, the French news agency, says U.S. newspapers are torn on the matter. The Wall Street Journal (surprise!) thinks Palin won. The New York Times (surprise!) thinks Palin lost.
As for me, I say chalk one up for Sarah. We could probably say that in both the presidential and vice presidential debates, there were no rhetorical beat-downs. And if there were an incumbent on stage, Iíd say the tie goes to the incumbent. But there isnít, so I say the tie goes to the person about whom voters were most unsure.
The polls seem to indicate Barack Obama allayed the most fears with his solid performance last week, and Iíll bet the same can be said of Palin last night.
But let us not suffer for lack of opinions. You can read the thoughts of readers of The Olympian.