She had two strategies:
1) Never answer the question.
2) Say "Maverick" and "Alaska" as much as possible
Other than that, she proved she could have been in the senate because Gov. Sarah Palin could filibuster her ass off. I also appreciated that she couldn't say what she would cut from the McCain-Palin plan because she'd only been at this for five weeks and that she agreed with Vice President Dick Cheney that the office of the vice presidency exists in a no-man's-land between the Senate and the Executive Branch.
Sen. "Mad Dog" Joe Biden, by far, gave the best debate of his life (possibly after taking some Adavan), showing restrait even when he could have scored cheap points of Palin mispronouncing the name of a general and avoiding all questions. Biden actually gave a pretty substantive debate, at least naming what he would cut due to the financial crisis. He went safe with "foreign aid," but it was better than Palin's "I've only been at this for five weeks." He also was able to remember that the constitution is pretty specific about the role of the vice president and that it states that the office is in the Executive Branch ... you know? In case anyone cares.
I actually enjoyed the debate because Biden is probably the best debater out of the whole foursome and was pretty entertaining to watch. I also enjoyed Palin's ability to make almost every question about her and her views on energy. Even when Biden was beating up on McCain (which was his main job during the debate) she still spent a good portion of her time trying to remind people how awesome she is, how she's never changed her mind or regretted anything and that she is soooo totally ready.
For reals. So stop doubting the baracuda and break out the ticker tape parade. She's engraved the name plates and is ready to lead from DAY ONE, people! Even the gays! She totally respects your civil rights too, whoo hoo!