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Who Won the Presidential Debate?
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by Who Won?, Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Sep 27, 2008
Obama clearly won, as was indicated by the CNN post-debate poll. McCain was stiff and uncomfortable and kept repeating lines like "Miss Congeniality" (was that a reference to his Veep pick, beauty queen Palin?), "you don't understand." Obama was in control and didn't give ground. Obama was also gracious in saying when McCain was right, although I think he should have said he agreed with McCain, rather than McCain was right.
McCain needed to show that Obama was inexperienced. McCain clearly did not do that. The idea of cancelling the debate by grandstanding on the Wall Street bailout shows that McCain's campaign strategy is "Hail Mary" passes impulsively made. The Palin choice is consistent with that assessment.