Obama can speak intelligently on any national topic. Palin has yet to do so whatsoever. If she can talk intelligently, she will be fine. Otherwise she'll be a laughing stock. So far there is no indication she can speak about national issues, because she hasn't yet.
Fair enough; we'll wait and see. Mayors and Governors typically lack experience in dealing with both national and international affairs, and legislators typically lack experience in general administration and law enforcement. However, if Palin does speak in an intelligent manner on those topics, all that really proves is that she can speak well.
I think she'll give a great speech tonight. Youtube confirms that she is very articulate and the Republicans cannot afford her to be anything less than stellar. One piece of intel that has floated out is that she's been spending a lot of time talking to AIPAC. An informed comment about Israel would sit in response to those who are concerned about her lack of foreign policy experience and enamor her further to the evangelical right. Of course, any hollywood actor or actress could deliver a stellar performance at a political convention with the right speech writers. Unfortunately, nothing she says from this point on will really be evidence of a capacity for independent thought about political issues, even if she came up with it on her own. You have to go back in time to before a major election was pinned on her success. And there, you find.... well, I haven't found much of anything. Let me know if you find something.
RE: The election is basically over.