Well, this time around was much better for McCain than the first.
What most people don’t know is that McCain immediately broke one of the rules of the debate by walking more than 3 feet from his stool, right over to a concerned citizen to talk directly to him.
Because McCain cared.
McCain walked right over to the guy, looked him in the eye and gave him the classic McCain “Straight Talk.”
Also, McCain landed quite a few heavy blows, with very little as far as a response from Obama… just obfusification, especially on the question of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac when McCain charged Obama and his “cronies” for blocking his legislation to reform the two GSE’s.
Obama’s only response to the five or six sentence explanation that McCain gave showing how Obama and his buddies were tied into the housing crisis… “I never promoted Fannie Mae…” and then he moved on. That was his only response!
McCain clearly won this debate, but he missed the jugular. He didn’t land the knock out punch he really needs. So in a way, because Obama survived the match still standing, he wins a little too.
The polls will probably show an uptick of a point, maybe two, for McCain because of the debate, but not much more than that.
The real impact on how people are going to vote is probably going to result from the pitbull Sarahcuda and her attacks, which will drive Obama’s negatives up. These results are already showing up in the polls, as can be seen in this group of four quoted in the American Sentinel;
National Rasmussen Tracking Obama 51, McCain 45 Obama +6 National Reuters/CSpan/Zogby Tracking Obama 47, McCain 45 Obama +2 National Hotline/FD Tracking Obama 45, McCain 44 Obama +1 National GW/Battleground Tracking Obama 49, McCain 45 Obama +4
In my opinion, in and of itself, the debate was a net tie, but McCain laid the ground work for a very tough October for the Obama camp.