That One

Cynthia and I watched the debate from beginning to end, on C-Span — no talking heads for us. McCain came out at the beginning as sharp, clear, and focused, a better communicator than Obama. But that didn’t last long. After a while it was clear that at least Obama had thoughtful, well-constructed answers, especially under the time constraints and the fact that responses were not allowed, although Obama managed to get a few in anyway. It became clear that McCain was lying a lot of the time, or simply mis-informed. Obama may have been gilding the lily a little but at least he had trains of thought in his answers. McCain tended to jump around a lot, and kept opening with “My friends” which came across as phony after a while. His worse moment was when he thought he was being cute with that snide side-pointing at Obama as “that one”. Of course, I’ve been reading what others have been saying: Josh Marshall, Kevin Drum, NYT editorial, plus several more in this vein. The snap polls have all given the debate to “That One” by a solid margin.

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  1. Zhu’s avatar

    Obama came out great in my very own biased opinion.

    I find McCain sounds very manipulative… he uses the “my friends…” way too much.

  2. SleepyLaKate’s avatar

    McCain was rude and arrogant, as usual.

  3. Aileni Noyle’s avatar

    Long may the trend continue – to Election Day.

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    The Republicans are noted for the “October Surprise” which can turn an election that’s “in the bag” into a dead heat. So, I’m holding my breath lest they pull one out of the bag. Racism is still a big factor. You can see it in the crowds at the McCain and Palin rallies. My fingers are crossed tightly!


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