Just a comment for the moment: who said that Obama was not so good in town hall debates? Or rather, who said that McCain was so good? Obama looks and sounds vital and intelligent, and McCain looks and sounds…well, old and out of touch. This whole Pakistan thing, what Obama said and what McCain claims he means, makes McCain look like a dummy. More afterward…
I don’t how much more clear I can be about this: Obama is easily the winner of this debate, much more decisively than he was in the first. The myth of McCain as the experienced leader has no bearing in reality. And there is no grading curve for Obama–he’s not winning on low expectations, unlike some others we’ve seen. This is only going to increase his lead.
Good indication that Obama won: the whiners at The Corner blame the moderator, and general gloom fills the air!
This was, I think, a mauling: a devastating and possibly electorally fatal debate for McCain … All I can say is that, simply on terms of substance, clarity, empathy, style and authority, this has not just been an Obama victory. It has been a wipe-out. It has been about as big a wipe-out as I can remember in a presidential debate. It reminds me of the 1992 Clinton-Perot-Bush debate. I don’t really see how the McCain campaign survives this.