In the wake of last night's debate which McCain won by a small margin when he needed to demolish the Senator Mean-Streets, I think that the country's expectations may have been lower than mine if the poll on Drudge is any indication.
For example, McCain not only didn't show any signs of dementia, he was reasonably sharp and every bit the match of his opponent.
In addition, his comprehension of international affairs was far better than Obama's, even if Obama tried to cover his deficiencies with verbal sleight-of-hand, as is his usual M.O.
And McCain did have a good zinger with, the line about The Surge being a strategy, not a tactic.
In all, McCain may have stabilized a bad week, especially among those who aren't looking to seize upon every word or mannerism as evidence that the other candidate is unworthy.
I also think that Obama's smooth talk was transparent for once, possibly because, up to now, he'd only appeared before friendly audiences, even including all the Democrat debates.
Last night neither candidate showed any humor which would have accrued in McCain's favor since Obama is devoid of it, but McCain did have a bit of a glint at times whereas Obama was clearly focused on not making any glaring errors. In that respect, the pressure on Obama was tremendous and I thought it showed. McCain almost succeeded in making Obama a little testy.
Regarding Kissinger, both candidates were right – Kissinger said he'd talk to Iran without preconditions, but not at anything near the Presidential level. of course, McCain didn't hammer it more that Obama was very clear that He, himself, would personally talk to Manny.
So while the night was one of missed opportunities for McCain, Obama scored virtually no points of his own, and I wondered if people picked up on the fact that Obama's proposals were going to cost big bucks and that he made no similar claims that he'd cut any spending?
The conclusion is that the debate was indecisive, and I don't know how bad that will be for McCain, but it's not a positive. The good news is that he's still in the game, and while all the pundits seem to think that the economy is Obama's strong suit, what the senator has proposed, taking in the context of him never having actually done anything, should bode well for a properly prepared John McCain.