On climate change, Sarah Palin said she's not convinced about anthropogenic (my word, not hers!) effects - but that we should do something about it (even if it's just, as Palin apparently believes, natural cyclical changes?) Palin also claimed that the USA should bring other countries along - but ummm... isn't the USA, under Bush, the only industrialized country to not sign the Kyoto Protocol? Joe Biden, quite appropriately, pointed out that without knowing the reason, we can't fix the problem. And he also said that pollution from China affects the western USA, showing a depth of knowledge (or at least, awareness, which is just as important).
On Israel, Sarah Palin said "I am so encouraged to know that we both love Israel." (h/t Milbank) Ummm... you are talking to Joe Biden, who's been doing this s*** ever since you were in the second grade. I am glad Joe didn't point out what a neophyte she is, who said recently that she was too busy governing Alaska to follow the war in Iraq (and if she can't do that, what about other foreign policy issues, like Israel?) That might have been taken as "sexism." Also, doesn't Sarah Palin's Church seek to convert, or at least encourages conversion of, Jews to Christianity? What sort of a friend to Israel is she?
Toward the end, Joe Biden had an awesome smackdown of "Maverick" McCain - "on the issues important to the American people, he's no maverick!" And best of all, Joe related his touching story of knowing what it felt like to wonder if his child would survive... It was genuine, heart-felt, and warm.
And all Palin said in response was... "mavericks! we are mavericks!" Yes, you definitely are - while the rest of America was sympathetic toward Joe, you just trod on... All the folksiness was revealed as an artifice, just cold calculation. Kos says "Anyone who knows what Biden has had to deal with raising his kids wouldn't have blithely made that comment." Someone who knows but doesn't give a s***, easily would have. And that a***hole was Sarah "hockey mom with a Down's child" Palin.
Barack Obama picked a great Vice-President. John McCain played craps with the country's future.