Friday, September 26, 2008

The First Debate

Well, there were no major gaffes, and neither candidate issued any smackdowns that will become the stuff of political legend. Overall, it was pretty even-handed and surprisingly substantive (at least given the tone of the campaign so far). 

The main task for Obama was to stand on the same stage as McCain, talk about a topic that is McCain's (supposed) strong suit, and appear similarly capable and knowledgeable as his opponent - and in that, I think he succeeded. That might have been all he needed to do tonight. 

In the end, this debate probably wasn't a game-changer, but I think it will help solidify Obama's small lead. 

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