The second debate just ended. Punches flew all around. I thought McCain did a pretty good job early on, by talking in crisper and more digestible sound bytes. But Obama got better towards the end. I believe the moment that will be most discussed was when McCain referred to Obama as “that one”, a moment that to me (and I think many Americans) embodied arrogance and a touch of supremacy. I think this will come to haunt McCain and will be played over and over in the media.
Is it just me or are there others who can't stand the image of McCain? It's like I get a really bad taste in my mouth just by looking at him, which makes it hard to focus on what he is saying. And his patronizing way, as if he is talking to little children, was very annoying. Look, McCain, we don't want grandpa (even though you are more in the great-grandpa range), we are looking for a President. So, stop the “my friends” shenanigan.
What I found amazing, and I hope the American people will see right through it, is how
McCain camp is openly proclaiming its desire to shift the topic from the economy to personal smear attacks. While the 401Ks and life savings of everyday Americans are tanking, McCain wants us to worry about a 70s radical. I know that Obama responded with a McCain smear of his own, but I am not sure he had any choice, considering the swift-boating of Kerry.
Anyway, back to the debate… bottom-line, McCain did better than the last debate. And other than “that one” mistake, I'd say the debate was a tie, or leaning towards McCain. Attack tactics work in American politics, and I think the bull-dog McCain of the “bomb, bomb Iran” fame did slightly better. Your thoughts??
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