On Policy: Sarah Palin offered up red meat to conservatives, but did nothing to win over independents. She appeared to have memorized some stock phrases and names. Are the Castro Brothers really a threat? Biden showed that he has a good grasp of domestic and international policy. I just question his judgement on some issues.
On Demeanor: Palin seemed likable. Biden seemed competent.
Conclusion: Biden would be ready to step into the presidency at a moment's notice and not screw up everything. So, he passes the VP test for me. Palin is not a moron, but will clearly not ready to be president on Jan 20, 2009. Does that matter? Do we care if the VP needs some on the job seasoning? In most cases probably not, but with McCain's advanced age I'm concerned. How long will it take her to get up to speed?
I think the fundamental issue for me with Palin is that she seems like a good candidate in that she is attractive and likable, but appears to have been uninterested in major national and international issues until she became VP pick. I mean she's stumbling on questions that I could answer EASILY. Now, the stress of a national television interview or debate might make somebody blank on something, but she seems to relish the spotlight not wither under it.