I wrote an entire running diary of the debate (including keeping track of how many times McCain did a weird, vaguely reptillian lip licking thing) and as I was writing my final thoughts, Fox brought the animated corpse of Charles Krauthammer in to say a few words. He literally said the exact same thing I wrote. I'm telling you, that made me feel very uncomfortable. Like when the serial killer starts to convince the good cop that you have to break some rules to achieve goals, and then smiles an evil smile. It seriously creeped me out.
Krauthammer (and I *shudder*) said the debate was "even on points, and Obama wins the tie." Again, those are the exact same words I wrote. I'm not sure I can go on.
Jokes about my drift to the Dark Side aside, the idea that Obama was able to at least get a draw on foreign policy (and outright win the economic part in the beginning) was a win for him. This was McCain's big chance, and he couldn't land any really solid blows.
A few reflections and moments from the debate:
– I was struck in the beginning with how uncomfortable McCain looked. He was thrown off when no one laughed at his jokes (the audience had been instructed to remain quiet.)
– For the first half of the debate, Obama was firmly in control. He interrupted both McCain & Lehrer and made points forcefully.
– Lehrer kept trying to get the candidates to talk to each other, but it was clear that neither of them was interested in doing so. It made for some awkward moments. I did like when Lehrer kept asking the same question to try & get an answer.
– McCain made at least two references to throwing people in Federal Prison, and seemed a little too happy about it.
– I thought Obama did a good job of neutralizing the earmark issue early on by stressing it's relative minimal impact. McCain didn't adjust and kept hammering it awkwardly.
– I was glad (as a Liberal) to hear Obama start to talk about the horrors deregulation has wrought, and hope that he means it.
– McCain definitely warmed up in the 2nd half, and found his theme with many references to Obama's inexperience and "naivete." He also scored some points on Iraq, and came closest to a sound bite with his mocking reference to Obama meeting with the Iranian president.
– I don't think Joe Liebermann counts as reaching across the aisle anymore, Senator. Not the best example of bipartisanship…
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