October 15, 2008

Okay, so can you stop saying McCain doesn't want to win?

Thanks in advance.

P.S. If Obama had dropped trou and sprayed arugula juice all over the stage, his poll numbers would've gone up. What are you going to believe, a poll, or your own eyes and ears and mind?

I just ran a poll of one: Me. And I just asked a pundit to analyze it: Me. I saw what I saw, and McCain won on the issues. He won on character. He won on not letting the Obama campaign's cynical accusations of racism go unremarked. Most of all, he won on being present in the room, unlike the remote-controlled, talking-point-powered smirkbot.

McCain won this debate. Will it help him? Not if the people who are desperate to see him fail, AKA the Deathbed Media, have anything to say about it. You already knew what they were going to say even before the debate. (Hell, they should have leaked their talking points.) It doesn't change what I saw tonight. McCain was focused, he was specific, he called Obama on his crap. He was engaged.

He got inside Obama's head, you could tell. And unlike when Palin did the same thing six weeks ago today, we got to watch Obama's reaction on live TV. By the end of the debate, only one of them was smiling.

And it wasn't The One.

P.P.S. Almost forgot! In the liveblog I promised to keep a count of Obama's annoying facial tics, which were more or less pronounced depending on how big the truth he was hearing from McCain. It's not a complete count, since I was typing away and approving clever comments and such, but I tallied: 8 smirks, 2 smirks with chuckle chasers, 2 sarcastic smiles, 1 smirk with headshake, 1 not-quite-a-smirk (by a nerve ending or two), 1 Clintonesque frown, and a plumber in a pear tree. McCain got a bit smirky himself toward the end, but Obama clearly won on that front. It's kind of appropriate that the debate stage looked like a set from Star Trek, because Obama was Capt. Smirk.

Posted by Jim Treacher at October 15, 2008 07:32 PM