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Sarah Palin: How do you like me now?

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"Two things are clear after Sarah Palin made her do-or-die debut before 20-plus million people tonight," explained Time Magazine's Jay Carney. "She is amazingly self-confident. And she knows how to nail a speech."

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His colleague Joe Klein agreed calling it 'brilliant.'

George Stephanopolous lauded the speech on Nightline. "She definitely gets an A," he said. "It was appealing and funny and warm at times. Very, very tough at times as well. And she really did have an ability to bring these things down to earth, bring it down to earth."

CNN's Wolf Blitzer agreed. "She really did hit it out of the park tonight not only here but for millions of Americans watching across the country," he said.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Palin's role as attack dog? Effective. "She is a torpedo aimed directly at the ship of Barack and Michelle Obama," he said.

The sourpuss of the group, not surprisingly, was Keith Olbermann. "People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like," he said dourly.

Even the Obama campaign praised it's delivery -- but that's where they stopped.

"The speech that Gov. Palin gave was well delivered, but it was written by George Bush's speechwriter and sounds exactly like the same divisive, partisan attacks we’ve heard from George Bush for the last eight years, a campaign spokesman said.

Summing up the evening perhaps best is Tom Shales over at the Washington Post:

"If the Republicans win the presidential election in November, it may well be said that they won it last night -- the night that John McCain's brilliantly screwy choice for a running mate changed from laughingstock to national star," he wrote.

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