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Sep. 26th, 2008 @ 10:44 pm The debate
Obama: Calm, factual, poised, thoughtful, sincere.
McCain: Forceful, belligerent, goading, antagonistic.

Obama showed he's a stable, calming force, and thus ready to be President. McCain showed he is a bitter man, who clearly feels his entitlement (that is Presidency in exchange for 5 years in a POW camp) is being threatened by this young whippersnapper, and could only lash out claiming that Obama is not ready for leadership. McCain didn't sound as completely incoherent as I would have liked (and clearly knows a lot of world leaders and has been a lot of places), but the effect was still to seem like we'd have a cranky, irritable, hair-trigger presidency with him. It's hard to deny McCain knows a lot about the world, but it's easy to see that what he wants to do with it is limited. Obama's knowledge is less directly experienced, but his wisdom is much better informed.

I'd have been happier if Obama had knocked down McCain more, but on the whole his measured approach will probably be the right one. This debate will keep Obama's path upward.
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From:runstaverun
Date:September 27th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)

The lessons of the debate.

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Going places fixes things. Also, McCain loves Petraeus a LOT.

McCain's smile bothers me.
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From:mrfantasy
Date:September 27th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)

Re: The lessons of the debate.

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It's that glandular thing on his left cheek that messes it all up.
From:smbslt
Date:September 27th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
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One of the things that made me lean towards Obama v. Clinton in the primaries was that Obama was "no drama" most of the time, while Clinton was high drama all the time. McCain wants people to think that Obama is inexperienced and thus more "dangerous" than McCain but Obama comes across as much more deliberative and methodical, and thus the less "dangerous" presidential candidate.