As far as I know, this Register editorial reviewing the vice presidential debate was the first place it was suggested in print that McCain's best shot at changing the presidential game would have been to oppose the $700 billion bailout bill -- but he put government first (and the malefactors in the financial industry) rather than the people. It's not the only reason he deserves to lose, but it will do.
The editorial found Sarah at least coherent, if ill-informed, and rather dangerously so on foreign policy, while Joe Biden did what he had to do -- avoid condescension. A pretty low bar for both. Incidentally my colleague Steve Greenhut found Sarah even less enchanting than I did, arousing foul-mouthed wrath and threats to cancel subscriptions from several dozen of Orange County's true believers. I'll be so happy when this election is over and the partisan hormones settle down a bit.