Saturday, September 27, 2008
What did everyone think about the first debate last night? I was very nervous, because these debates can make or break candidates. Overall, I thought each candidate held his own very well. They were both able to make strong arguments without stumbling, and I think Obama proved that he can stay strong in his principles and can undoubtedly fight against the "maverick." Speaking of the devil, I got increasingly angry over the course of the debate with how unbelievably rude and inconsiderate John McCain was. Up until then, I had some hope that despite his bad policies, he's a nice guy - but after last night's debate, forget about it. Almost every time that Obama would speak, particularly when he would criticize McCain's war knowledge or talk about something that he strongly disagrees with, I kept seeing McCain smirking and laughing. It was like he wasn't taking Obama's points seriously. Just look at this clip:
Additionally, McCain told Obama four times that he "doesn't understand." It was "Senator Obama doesn't understand this" and "Senator Obama doesn't seem to understand that." At one point, he told Obama that he didn't know the difference between a strategy and a tactic. He also called Obama naive. It was 90 minutes of McCain talking down to him. I don't believe I've ever disliked McCain more.
As far as who "won" the debate, the general consensus is that there is no clear winner on this one. Some polls show people think Obama won, and others show people think McCain won, but each is by a small margin. Many are undecided, or think it was a tie. But it seems that people favor Obama when it comes to the economy, but McCain when it comes to foreign policy. I don't know what kind of impact this debate will have, and we won't really be able to tell until tomorrow's poll results come out. Crossing my fingers that some people converted to Obama.
Oh, and you know what's funny? Remember a little while ago when a woman called in on a show Obama was on and criticized him for not wearing a flag pin? Well, guess who was wearing a flag pin during this debate. And guess who wasn't (ahem, McCain).
You can go to PolitiFact.com to find out which statements from last night had truth, and which were complete BS. As usual, McCain surpasses Obama on the BS scale.