But the debate didn't win over many of the conservative intelligentsia. These folks are looking for a smart and thoughtful conservative. As almost everyone knows by now, that's not Sarah Palin.
Here's a sample of some of the fallout on Palin:
David Brooks on CBS’s Face the Nation: “I don’t think she’s qualified to be President… I prefer someone who’s read a few more books.”
Peggy Noonan on NBC’s Meet the Press: “I think she showed that she is a women of great and natural competence about the show business of politics. … There are questions about other areas. … Would Lincoln say, ‘I represent the backwoods types?’”
Kathleen Parker on CNN’s Reliable Sources: “I do think we gave her a pass up front. And when I say ‘we,’ I’m just talking about people associated with the more conservative side.”