Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Obligatory Comment on Tonight’s McCain-Obama Debate

McCain was considerably better than he was in the first one on economic policy,  attacking well on taxes and the economic crisis.  McCain also had a couple of nice moments where he showed the benefit of his long experience with town hall formats by connecting well personally with questioners (his handshake with the former Navy guy particularly comes to mind).  Obama was somewhat better on foreign policy tonight than he was in the first encounter, continued to try to focus the spotlight on the Bush Administration, and didn’t commit any significant gaffs. Overall, I think McCain probably did a bit more to help himself than Obama did, but I rather doubt we’ll see any lasting impact on the race.

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