“The [Vice-Presidential] debate’s most telling passage arrived when Joe Biden welled up in recounting his days as a single father after his first wife and one of his children were killed in a car crash. Sarah Palin‘s perky response — she immediately started selling McCain as a ‘consummate maverick’ again — was as emotionally disconnected as Michael Dukakis‘s notoriously cerebral answer to the hypothetical 1988 debate question about his wife being ‘raped and murdered.’ If, as some feel, Obama is cool, Palin is ice cold. She didn’t even acknowledge Biden’s devastating personal history.” — from Frank Rich‘s 10.5 N.Y. Times column, titled “Pitbull Palin Mauls McCain.”