Of all the jabs and barbs being flung tonight, one was more obvious to the members of the military and their families. Did you notice it? If you don't know someone in the military serving overseas, then you can be forgiven. Sen Joe Biden can not.
Look at any picture or video of the debate, Gov Palin is wearing, above her flag lapel pin, a small blue star banner pin. The blue star banner is worn or displayed by those with family members serving in combat overseas. She never once referred to it, but military members around the world nonetheless keyed on to it.
A blue star banner hung in the window of my home for the entire time I was away. 465 days. It was a touchstone for my wife, and a point of reminding my kids where daddy is. Serving his country.
Gov Palin gave an under the radar sign to military families tonight that she understands their hardships and worry. And she was classy enough not to mention Sen Biden's son, who will get no closer to actual danger than a scary plane ride. Heck, he may even be one of the JAG officers looking into the Haditha affair. Wouldn't that be funny.