Palin to Biden: “You were for [the war] before you were against it.” In other words: You. Are. John. Kerry.

Nice.

Pat Buchanan told David Gregory in MSNBC’s pre-game, “I think the important thing for her to do, realizing, just like Reagan didn’t have as much information as Carter, she has to come off with, I think, some good, attractive, witty one-liners that on Morning Joe and tomorrow night we’re putting on the air.”

Not sure whether this one qualifies the Buchanan “Good, Attractive, Witty” test for one-liners…but it will certainly resonate. Particularly, one presumes, with those notoriously Kerry-agnostic Ohio voters in Soledad O’Brien’s focus group…

Update:: “Say it ain’t so, Joe” qualifies. Twenty bucks says Buchanan just had a Matthewsian thrill up his leg at that one…

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.