Saturday, September 27, 2008

McCain to Tie

As someone who appreciates quality debating in the Lincoln-Douglas style, I would probably have scored last night's presidential debate at Ole Miss a tie. In terms of raw debating points, both participants were on their game and were clearly prepared to make their cases. In the first five minutes of the debate, I thought that Barack Obama had the rhetorical advantage. However, John McCain was successfully able to force Obama on the defensive and literally made the man answer for past actions (like requesting $932 million in earmarks), and on foreign policy, Obama had to explain his ideas about meeting with the leaders of rogue foreign states without precondition.

As with most candidates from either political party, some of Obama's answers were good from a debating standpoint, while some were just "bull" whether the Senator intended that ir not. It wasn't Obama's answers that may have lost him the debate-or at least not to perform as well as he might have hoped-but the fact that McCain had Obama on the defensive nearly all night.

Newsweek's Andrew Romano believes McCain won the debate for that very reason. Predictably, Democratic blogs are declaring that Barack Obama won, while conservative Republican bloggers are saying that John McCain carried the night.



At Saturday, September 27, 2008 6:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thye debate was a lose for McCain. Foreign Policy, Nation Security are SUPPOSED to be McCain's main issues, the ones his expert in, the issues his superior to all others in. Remember?
The fact that most are scoring it a tie means the new guy, the upstart, the uppity elitist, held his own means that McCain no longer owns these issues. Becuse of this, if for no other reason, McCain lost.


At Monday, September 29, 2008 11:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about this:


At Wednesday, October 01, 2008 12:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you imagine being John McSame (McBush) and having to debate Obama on the economy next week… with people like Phil “deregulator” Gramm, Carly “golden parachute” Fiorina, and Marc “Freddie mac” Davis on his staff?

How about Sarah “I can see Russia” Palin debating Joe Biden with 35 yrs foreign policy experience?


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