No Surprises in the Debate Probably Means Good News for Obama
Briefly, Barack Obama was composed and presidential throughout and
may have convinced some voters concerned about his inexperience that
he's prepared for the presidency. John McCain had a lackluster start --
when the topic was the economy -- but got better as the debate
progressed when the topics turned to foreign policy and he could argue
Obama was too naive and untested to be president. Interestingly, McCain
usually seemed animated only when he could discuss military policy,
though he had Obama on the defensive in the last 30 minutes on issues
such as Iran and Russia. To the extent there was a key difference
voters may remember, it will be each candidate's respective position on
Iraq, and McCain has to hope that the electorate agrees with him.
in all, there were few memorable moments and it's hard to see how this
debate changed much in the dynamic of the race. Which, given Obama's
current lead, is likely good news for his campaign.