On the other hand, by not challenging Palin, she may have given her enough rope to hang herself with. Doggone it.
Update: Been over to Huffington Post and see that some do think that Ifill did a good job. There you go.
Update II: Some hard numbers.
CBS NEWS/KNOWLEDGE NETWORKS POLL
(Uncommitted Voters who watched the debate)
46% of uncommitted voters who watched the debate tonight thought Joe Biden was the winner.21% thought Sarah Palin won, 33% thought it was a draw... 98% after the debate saw [Biden] as knowledgeable (79% before the debate).
CNN/OPINION RESEARCH CORPORATION POLL
Who Did the Best Job In the Debate?
QUESTION Regardless of which candidate you happen to support, who do you think did the best job in the debate - Joe Biden or Sarah Palin?