The percentage you're paying is too high-priced
While you're living beyond all your means
And the man in the suit has just bought a new car
From the profit he's made on your dreams
--Steve Winwood, Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
I guess all you need to do anymore to try and convince folks that you've "won" a debate is to not sound like a blathering idiot for the full 90 minutes. Expectations couldn't have been lower and the Republicans sure worked hard over the last week to lower them. By not sounding like a simpleton for once, the pundits are rushing to assume Sarah America must stand for something important; anything that isn't a complete failure is seen as a win.
We've had 8 years of the C-student, maybe it's time to move up at least one letter grade.