My post-debate ramblings

In addition to what all the other, better, political bloggers have already said last night and today, here’s my important take-aways from last night:

Some of Obama’s base seem disappointed that he didn’t eviscerate McCain last night. He didn’t need to; this wasn’t about those of us who are already on his side, it’s about swaying those who aren’t, and on that score he seems to have hit a home run. James Fallows explains how and why here.

The internals of the CBS poll of undecideds, if remotely correct, shows Obama was hugely successful and really helped himself among the people he needs. As quoted by the amazingly useful fivethirtyeight.com:

“Obama went from a +18 on “understanding your needs and problems” before the debate to a +56 (!) afterward. And he went from a -9 on “prepared to be president” to a +21.”

If this is correct, last night was a huge win for the Good Guys.

McCain did better than I expected last night, and didn’t come across nearly as poorly as he usually does in big public appearances. He didn’t have anything new to say or offer, though, and recycling old “most liberal senator who wants us to lose in Iraq while spending gajillions of dollars on turning America socialist at home” attacks just seemed weak.

It’s also clear why he prefers craps for his gambling binges — he’d get his ass kicked at poker. McCain can’t lie to save his life; his blink rate goes through the roof every time he tries, and his jaw clenches like a pair of vice grips every time someone annoys him. The talking heads also nailed his refusal to make eye contact with Obama.

The polls the next few days should be very interesting to watch.

Then there’s next Thursday, when Joe “who knows what I’ll say next” Biden gets to spend 90 minutes with Caribou Barbie, which could be one for the ages.

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