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The Debate: Who Won?

  • Oct. 8th, 2008 at 3:36 AM
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Poll #1274550 Second Debate Insta-Poll

Who won the debate?

McCain by a mile
27(4.5%)
McCain by a nose
28(4.7%)
Tie
50(8.4%)
Obama by a nose
141(23.7%)
Obama by a mile
349(58.7%)

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ron_drummond wrote:
Oct. 8th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
Obama won by more than a nose but less than a mile.

The format was less conducive to productive give and take than the first debate. McCain was smart to keep the character assassinations under wraps. He had more than a few effective jabs at Obama, but more often than not Obama's comebacks laid them firmly to rest. McCain really looked petulant whenever he went out of his way to rag Obama at the expense of answering a question, and what struck me several times was that McCain's demeanor kept switching back and forth between that of a tough guy and that of a spoiled child. And his constant pacing and the sheer unpredictability of his movements struck me as accurately reflecting his character. At his best McCain was commanding in a good way. If only he could be so consistently, but he can't,not that I've ever seen -- he's always erratic whenever you watch over any significant length of time. Not stable or even-keeled.

Obama passed up numerous opportunities to make pointed turnabouts on McCain. But he was very steady, sensible, authoritative, calm, articulate, the very definition of "even-keeled". I was really struck by the question from the retired Navy petty officer -- Obama's answer was distinctly better than McCain's, and you could see by the ex-Navyman's reactions that he thought so too. That was the very moment that Obama won the debate.

credendovides wrote:
Oct. 8th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)
McCain's demeanor kept switching back and forth between that of a tough guy and that of a spoiled child

From a bit of a history of McCain I've been reading (Not sure how much of it is true vs spin) that describes a lot of his life, actually. He grew up under the very influential family name of John S McCain, and pulled on the reputation of Sr. and Jr. quite often to get his way.

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