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Charlie Gibson actually was a pleasant surprise, balancing his affable personality, relaxed in a professorial sort of way, with something that is critical for interviews of high-profile politicians: Good follow ups.

On the most infamous of these, the question about the “Bush doctrine,” he was at the ready to clarify what it meant, leaving it to her supporters and detractors to flail about wondering just how much she knew and if she even knew it.

It was a contrast to say, the way that Tim Russert would interview guests on “Meet the Press,” but Gibson’s interview was not the fluff job that many feared.

Obviously what is still needed, even after the extended probing, are more interviews. Palin is still an unknown quantity.

More reaction here.

Other news:

Because of Hurricane Ike, Barack Obama has canceled a planned appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”