Moments after the debate, I felt it was a draw. I could see that McCain was sneering and condescending and Obama seemed much more Presidential. I could also see that Obama proved his foreign policy creds. But I felt that neither really pulled ahead of the other.
The pundits and polls, however, are showing that Obama clearly won the debate and, you know what, I’ll take that.
The Republicans are spinning hard, of course, and creating new ads from spliced sound bites, like the moments when Obama, being gracious and bipartisan, said that McCain was “right” on something. The Repubs are saying that those moments amounted to Obama endorsing McCain. Hogwash.
We’ll see if this affects the polls in the long run. The VP debate is next week and the next Pres debate the week after that. The election will be here before we know it. I hope you’re paying attention.