Presidential Debate: 10.07.08
I've thought for the longest time that Barack Obama wasn't a good choice for the Democrats. Basically, we're at a time where any Democrat should be able to win, yet the Dems select somebody who's likely to be pretty polarizing mostly because he's different.
However, based on last night's debate, it appears that the Republicans are the ones who've goofed this time. Sure, a Republican victory in November given the financial crisis would seem all but impossible since it's usually the party holding the White House that gets blamed for these sorts of things, but McCain is just the wrong guy for them.
McCain appeared the grumpy grandpa in Tuesday's debate. He was gruff, upset, and horribly out-of-touch. His presentation was absolutely awful. Obama was calm and spoke in a slow, emphatic tone that got his points across. He was easy to understand. McCain made jokes that were painfully unfunny. It's not that they were politically unfunny, it's that they were out-of-touch unfunny, as if the guy hadn't heard a joke in about twenty years. Clearly, McCain is a guy who's still watching and laughing at old "Andy Griffith" re-runs. His sensibilities are way, way off.
All this has nothing to do with politics, it has to do with presentation. One guy seems hopefully and the other guy seems mad and spiteful. The hopeful guy won the debate easily.