The first debate between Senators Obama and McCain was reasonably good. McCain kept yammering away that Obama "does not understand" - but Obama showed that claim to be hollow through his thoughtful, considered responses to Jim Lehrer's questions as well as McCain's accusations. Throughout the debate, I kept yelling at Obama to state the obvious - that Osama bin Laden is still free because of Bush-McCain's singular focus on Iraq. Repeating this mantra throughout the debate would have done some good - unlike McCain's juvenile, disrespectful "Obama does not understand." Still, I am glad Obama pointed out bin Laden is free and Al-Qaeda is growing, as his closing argument - a strong finish.
If anything, this debate was a tie, which benefits Obama much more than McCain. McCain came off as a jerk, while Obama was cool personified.* More than that, Obama showed he's well-versed in foreign policy, and that an Obama Presidency would not be a risky proposition. Now all Obama has to do is point out - matter of factly - that a President McCain would be dangerous, driven by a "beautiful fatalism
" that would lead to another Cold War, which is what McCain appears most comfortable with.
Today, more than ever, I feel confident that Obama will win this election.
* Alas, the original Mr Cool passed away this morning. Paul Newman, RIP. Your "Newman's Own Virgin Lemonade" is a staple.
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