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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Reactions to First McCain/Obama Debate

I had a lot of thoughts and feelings about last night's debate between Obama and McCain. In some ways, I thought it was a draw. In many others, I thought Obama was the victor. I think the key thing for me -- and for a large portion of people watching -- was the utter, angry contempt in which McCain holds Obama. He couldn't conceal it for a second! If McCain can't bottle up his rage and contempt when facing Obama (even going so far as to mumble 'horseshit' a couple times), how is he going to deal with situations where he must someday face our adversaries. McCain is an unstable, dramatic person and comes as mean-spirited, angry and dismissive.

All the polling out there shows that Obama won the debate hands-down:

Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think each one better described Barack Obama or John McCain during tonight's debate:

Was more intelligent: Obama 55%, McCain 30%

Expressed his views more clearly: Obama 53%, McCain 36%

Spent more time attacking his opponent: McCain 60%, Obama 23%

Was more sincere and authentic: Obama 46%, McCain 38%

Seemed to be the stronger leader: Obama 49%, McCain 43%

Was more likeable: Obama 61%, McCain 26%

Was more in touch with the needs and problems of people like you: Obama 62%, McCain 32%